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Hurricane Matthew death toll nears 900 in Haiti

Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 01:10

The number of people killed from Hurricane Matthew climbs towards 900 with disease and lack of emergency supplies adding to the devastation. Julie Noce reports.

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The number of people killed in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti nears 900, with tens of thousands left homeless. Here supplies are delivered to about 700 evacuees at a shelter in Les Cayes. The mayor of the region says they're doing their best to help. They are our brothers and sisters, we have to help them, she said. We are trying to get them out of these conditions. Adding to the devastation are threats of cholera, due to the mixing of flood water and sewage. Seven people have died so far in at least one town, with another 17 cases of the disease being investigated. Haitian Ambassador to U.S., Paul Altidor. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMBASSADOR PAUL ALTIDOR, SAYING: "Cholera is an issue that Haiti has been dealing with for the past few years so, in light of what just took place over the past few days, yes cholera and other health issues may be on the rise. Again, a number of measures were discussed and taken to ensure that the numbers remain low but, at this particular moment, we know that the government has deployed a number of healthcare workers, doctors, and also in partnership with healthcare NGOs on the ground already, not only to assess but to provide first help to those in need." More than 9,000 people have died since an outbreak of cholera after the 2010 earthquakewith some 790,000 infected by the disease.

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Hurricane Matthew death toll nears 900 in Haiti

Saturday, October 08, 2016 - 01:10