- Title: Aerials reveal Matthew's destruction in Haiti
- Date: 6th October 2016
- Summary: PETIT GOAVE, HAITI (OCTOBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS) AERIAL VIEW OF HURRICANE AFFECTED ZONE INCLUDING AREA WHERE BRIDGE COLLAPSED JEREMIE, HAITI (OCTOBER 5, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS AERIAL VIEWS OF AREA AFFECTED BY HURRICANE AERIAL VIEW OF COASTLINE RESIDENTS ASSESSING DAMAGE, SURVEY STREWN ABOUT ITEMS PAN OF AREA AFTER BUILDING COLLAPSE VARIOUS OF LOCALS TAKING SHELTER IN AREA SCHOOL, ATTENDING TO INJURIES TWO MEN WALKING BY
- Embargoed: 21st October 2016 05:50
- Keywords: Matthew Petit Goave bridge collapse Jeremie destruction
- Location: JEREMIE + PETIT GOAVE, HAITI
- City: JEREMIE + PETIT GOAVE, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA00152V7OSN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Powerful aerial and on-the-ground images reveal on Wednesday (October 5) how Hurricane Matthew has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the impoverished nation of Haiti since a devastating earthquake hit six years ago, according to the United Nations.
The storm ripped through Haiti on Tuesday (October 4), causing heavy flooding and knocking down houses.
A bridge collapse in Petit Goave cut off vital access.
Matthew, which killed at least 26 people and damaged swathes of homes in southern Haiti, was predicted to strengthen from Category 3 to 4 storm en route to eastern Florida.
Citing Haitian authorities, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at least 350,000 people needed immediate assistance in Haiti.
The full impact remained unclear, however, with communications down in many of the worst-affected areas.
Some 80 percent of homes were damaged in Haiti's Sud Department, which has a population of more than 700,000, a government official said in a meeting with U.N. officials. Some 11,000 people were in shelters in the province.
In the town of Jeremie, people were cooking and sleeping outside because most houses were either knocked down or severely damaged, and similar scenes were reported across the coastal towns of the south.
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