EREMIE, Oct. 13, 2016 (Xinhua) — Image provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows patients suffering from diarrhea and cholera being treated AT Hospital St-Antoine after the attack of Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, on Oct. 10, 2016. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday that 1.4 million Haitians were in need of humanitarian aid, including cholera vaccines, following the passage of Hurricane Matthew last week. (Xinhua/UNICEF) (wtc)
Over a week after hurricane Matthew hit Haiti the death toll there has risen to 546 people, the country’s civil protection authority said late Thursday …
Some media reports spoke of higher numbers of fatalities, while rescue workers in the affected areas told dpa that the number of victims is still likely to rise.
In addition, more than 500 people are infected with cholera, with aid agencies now focusing on delivering fresh water and fixing sewage infrastructure.
Matthew struck Haiti on October 4, packing wind speeds of 230 kilometres per hour and causing extensive flooding, destroying homes, and uprooting trees, before moving on to hit five US states causing further fatalities.
According to the United Nations, 1.4 million people in the impoverished Caribbean nation are in urgent need of help.
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