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Hurricane Matthew: counting the cost

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:37

Residents in Florida await the arrival of Hurricane Matthew as countries it's already hit assess the damage. Paul Chapman reports.

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The scale of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew on Haiti's becoming clearer. The United Nations, citing Haitian authorities, say at least 350, 000 people need immediate help. Homes have been destroyed by the fierce winds and floods are adding to the misery. The nation was still struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010. Now the strongest storm to hit the impoverished nation in more than half a century has unleashed a new humanitarian crisis. At least 26 people were killed in Haiti but the exact toll may take some time to establish because communications are nearly non-existent. Cuba also took a battering from the hurricane. Residents of Baracoa returned on Wednesday to see what was left of their neighbourhood, and their homes. The storm's next port of call was the Bahamas and southeast Florida where customers at this bar said they'd done all they could to prepare. Now, they say, it's was a case of wait and hope. (SOUNDBITE)(English) PAUL CAILLOUETTE, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, SAYING: "They're saying the storm surge could be three to five feet above the land. Normally it's above sea level but it's got us concerned." (SOUNDBITE)(English) LOCAL RESIDENT GREG GALESBURG SAYING: "My plan is to hunker down and respect it but I'm going to handle it. It's going to be tough but that's what we do down here." (SOUNDBITE)(English) CAROL BENAVIDES-HYNES, PRE-KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, SAYING: "What if the roof goes off, what's going to happen? I'm going to feel like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz." The storm's now been demoted to a Category 3 but it's still ferocious. One and a half million people have been urged to leave the southeast coast of America.

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Hurricane Matthew: counting the cost

Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 01:37