Haiti death toll hits 1,000, dead buried in mass graves
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.
A man is treated at the cholera centre at the hospital after Hurricane Matthew passes in Jeremie, Haiti, on Sunday/