Hurricane Matthew: Death toll rises to around 900 in Haiti
Staff Correspondent: Hurricane Matthew’s trail of destruction in Haiti stunned those emerging from the aftermath on Friday, with the number of dead rising to 877, tens of thousands left homeless and outbreaks of cholera already taking more lives.
Information came in from remote areas that were cut off by the storm and it became clear that at least 175 people died in villages clustered among the hills and on the coast of Haiti’s fertile western tip.
Rural clinics overflowed with patients whose injures including broken bones had not been treated since the storm hit on Tuesday. Food was scarce and at least seven people died of cholera, likely because of flood water mixing with sewage pipes.
The storm razed homes to their foundations. The corrugated metal roofs of those still standing were ripped off, the contents visible from above as if peering into doll’s houses.
At least three towns reported dozens of fatalities, including the hilly farming village of Chantal, whose mayor said 86 people were killed, mostly when trees crushed houses. He said more than 20 people were still missing.
‘A tree fell on the house and flattened it, the entire house fell on us. I couldn’t get out,’ said driver Jean-Pierre Jean-Donald, 27, who had been married for a year.
‘People came to lift the rubble, and then we saw my wife who had died in the same spot,’ said Jean-Donald, his young daughter by his side, crying ‘Mommy.’
The death toll increased consecutively on Friday in southwest Haiti. Dozens more were still missing, many of them in the Grand’Anse region on the northern side of the peninsula.