A category four hurricane has struck the Caribbean, leaving hundreds dead and more than 61,500 displaced in Haiti alone.
Since Hurricane Matthew struck the Caribbean on October 4th, more than 1,000 people have been reported dead in Haiti, with thousands more injured and missing. At least seven people have died specifically from Cholera, a waterborne disease likely have been caused from the mixing of flood water in sewage. Later the following day on October 5th and 6th, Matthew hit the Bahamas as a category three and four hurricane.
Hurricane Matthew made landfall on U.S territory on October 8th, hitting the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and both South and North Carolina with rainfall as high as seven inches per hour. The storm has forced the evacuation of more than two million people from the southeast, and killing 35 people in the US to date including 17 in North Carolina, the hardest-hit state. Over another 2,000 people have been rescued from flooded homes and stranded streets in the state of North Carolina alone, and another 250,000 power outages were reported across the state.
On Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, Hurricane Matthew struck several countries in the Caribbean including Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. The category four hurricane hit the Caribbean with 145 mile per hour winds and torrential rain. The island of Haiti was the first to be hit by the hurricane on early Tuesday morning, hitting a large part of the country’s southern coast. As of Friday, October 7th, hundreds are reported dead and 61,500 people are displaced in Haiti alone. An estimated 14,530 people were evacuated ahead of the storm. As a result of the storm, a bridge has collapsed on the main highway in the town of Petit-Goave, connecting the south of the country with the capital of Port-au-Prince, affecting transportation and leaving many displaced, as well as limiting accessibility to food and clean water putting at risk the increase of waterborne illnesses. By 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night, Hurricane Matthew reached the eastern tip of Cuba. The storm destroyed dozens of homes in the city of Baracoa and forced approximately 35,000 residents to relocate and be displaced.