Hurricane Matthew Kills Hundreds in Haiti; US Spared Worst of Damage
Haiti is grappling with a growing humanitarian crisis as it recovers from Hurricane Matthew this week, with hundreds dead, thousands displaced, and a public health crisis. The situation is a stark contrast to the US, which did not suffer the level of damage expected, though the storm did affect states differently than expected.
The AP reports 470 people are dead in the country’s worst-hit district alone, though that number is climbing by the hour; some estimates say 800. Additionally, 60,000 people are displaced.
The damage is also certain to worsen the nation’s existing cholera epidemic, which began during recovery efforts from the devastating 2010 earthquake.
The storm surged through the Caribbean this week before making landfall in Florida on Friday. That state was bracing for the worst of the cyclone, but now it seems that Georgia and the Carolinas are the most affected. Three people are dead in those states, and historic water levels and flooding are being reported.
As of Saturday evening, the Matthew had weakened to a Category 1 storm, and was still off the coast of North Carolina.