Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in
nearly a decade, made landfall in the Bahamas on
Wednesday after battering Haiti, Cuba and the
Dominican Republic with torrential rains, killing at
least 11 people.
The hurricane, which the United Nations said
created the worst humanitarian crisis to hit
struggling Haiti since a devastating 2010
earthquake, whipped Cuba and Haiti with 230km-
per-hour winds on Tuesday, pummelling towns,
farmland and resorts.
In the United States, millions of people were urged
to evacuate the southeastern coast and Florida
Governor Rick Scott warned residents to prepare
for a possible devastating direct hit.
Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated
from the path of Matthew, which caused severe
flooding and killed four people in the Dominican
Republic, as well as at least seven in Haiti.
The storm carved a path of devastation through
western Haiti, destroying houses, dumping boats
and debris on coastal roads, and heavily flooding
” They are telling us that they have lost everything,
including their crops, ” said Al Jazeera’s Theresa
Bo, reporting from Ganthier in Haiti.
“UNICEF is saying four million children are at risk
of going hungry because of the amount of crops
that have been lost, and the death toll is expected
to increase in the coming hours.”
The US government said it was ready to help the
afflicted and about 300 US Marines set off on the
USS Mesa Verde to provide disaster relief in Haiti.