Hurricane Matthew Fatalities In Haiti Rise To 546, Cholera Spreading

MEXICO CITY (Alliance News) - Over a week after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti the death toll has ...

Alliance News 14 October, 2016 | 6:27AM
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MEXICO CITY (Alliance News) - Over a week after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti the death toll has now risen there to 546 people, the country's civil protection authority said late Thursday.

Some media reports spoke of higher numbers of fatalities, while rescue workers in the affected areas told dpa that the number of victims is still likely to rise.

In addition, more than 500 people are now infected with cholera, with aid agencies now focusing on delivering fresh water and fixing sewage infrastructure.

Matthew struck Haiti on October 4, packing wind speeds of 230 kilometers per hour and causing extensive flooding, destroying homes, and uprooting trees, before moving on to hit five US states causing further fatalities.

According to the United Nations, 1.4 million people in the impoverished Caribbean nation are in urgent need of help.

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