Haiti death toll hits 1,000, dead buried in mass graves

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

Haiti started bury­ing some of its dead in mass graves in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Cholera spread in the dev­as­tated south­west and the death toll from the storm rose to 1,000 peo­ple. Cholera causes se­vere di­ar­rhea and can kill within hours if un­treated.

The pow­er­ful hurricane, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, slammed into Haiti on Tues­day with winds and tor­ren­tial rains that left 1.4 mil­lion peo­ple in need of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance, the UN Of­fice for the Co­or­di­na­tion of Hu­man­i­tar­ian Af­fairs said.

Gov­ern­ment teams fanned out across the hard-hit south­west­ern tip of the coun­try over the week­end to re­pair treat­ment cen­teres. A Reuters tally of num­bers from lo­cal of­fi­cials showed that 1,000 peo­ple were killed by the storm in Haiti, which has a population of about 10 mil­lion and is the poor­est coun­try in the Amer­i­cas.

The of­fi­cial death toll from the cen­tral civil pro­tec­tion agency is 336, a slower count be­cause of­fi­cials must visit each vil­lage to con­firm the num­bers. Au­thor­i­ties had to start bury­ing the dead in mass graves in Jeremie be­cause the bod­ies were start­ing to de­com­pose, said Ked­ner Frenel, a senior cen­tral gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial in Haiti’s western penin­sula.

REUTERS

A man is treated at the cholera cen­tre at the hos­pi­tal after Hurricane Matthew passes in Jeremie, Haiti, on Sun­day/

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