Haiti’s suffering is about to get a lot worse
Haiti is in its second day of national mourning after Hurricane Matthew, the Caribbean’s strongest storm in 10 years, devastated the parts of the island nation and killed at least 1,000 people.
The eye of the storm centered on the Tiburon peninsula in the south, leaving 350,000 people in need of assistance and tens of thousands of homes destroyed, according to government estimates.
Some villages, particularly in Haiti’s southwest, were almost entirely destroyed. The storm also damaged bridges and roads in the southern part of the hemisphere’s poorest country, making it difficult to deliver get aid to affected areas nearly a week after the category 4 hurricane made landfall near the commune of Les Anglais on October 4.
The World Health Organization is raising concerns about a jump in water-borne and respiratory illnesses with infrastructure devastated and many medical facilities severely damaged or non-functioning. With more than 28,000 cholera infections reported in the country so far this year, experts are anticipating a spike in cases of the disease that can kill quickly if left untreated. Since the storm hit, more than 50 cases new have appeared in the south.
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