Hurricane Matthew was very destructive in Haiti. But expectedly the media including the International media is focusing more on damage in USA than in Haiti. Around 900 people were killed by the hurricane in Haiti compared to ten in USA.
Haiti has begun three days of national mourning for those killed by Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the south of the country.
At least 900 people are believed to have died. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and some 350,000 people need aid, the government says.
Cholera is a major fear, with several deaths reported, as are food supplies, given the destruction of crops.
Matthew passed directly through Haiti’s Tiburon peninsula – encompassing Haiti’s entire southern coast – driving the sea inland and flattening homes with winds of up to 230km/h (145mph) and torrential rain.
The official death toll remains at 336, but the government says this tally only includes fatalities confirmed by visits to villages. Many have not been reached due to collapsed roads and bridges.
The country’s Civil Protection Agency says that number will rise.
On Friday, civil protection officials told the BBC that 877 people had died.
Beth Carroll, of the aid agency Catholic Relief Services, said: “The three needs that we’ve identified for the immediate response are food, water and shelter. A lot of people are outside; a lot of people do not have access to clean drinking water.”
Cholera is a major worry. At least 13 people have died from the disease since the hurricane, as sewage and floodwaters mix.
Already an impoverished country ravaged by calamities, Haiti will not be able to cope up with this new tragedy without generous aid from abroad.
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Let us remember that deaths are important regardless of the nationality of the victim.