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More than 300 dies as Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

2016-10-07 19:30:47
More than 300 dies as Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti

Thereport24.com Desk:

The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew - the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade - has soared to more than 300, BBC reports.

Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sud province 30,000 homes were destroyed.

Category Three Matthew, with sustained winds of 120mph (193km/h), is heading up the coastline of the US state of Florida but has not made landfall.

It remains unclear whether it will do so.

At 07:00 local time (11:00 GMT) Matthew was centred about 35 miles (60km) east-north-east of Cape Canaveral and moving north-north-west at about 14mph (22km/h), the National Hurricane Center said.

Senator Herve Fourcand from southern Haiti told AFP news agency that more than 300 people had died. Reuters news agency put the death toll at 478, quoting Haitian officials, but this has not been independently confirmed.

Hurricane Matthew has pounded the Bahamas after slicing through Haiti and Cuba.

Ends/thereport24.com/HB/Oct 07, 2016

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