Hur­ri­cane Matthew claims first vic­tims

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HUR­RI­CANE Matthew claimed its first vic­tims, of­fi­cials said, leav­ing one per­son dead and an­other miss­ing in Haiti as it churns through the Caribbean, the most men­ac­ing storm in nearly a decade.

Strong winds buf­feted the south­ern coast of the Amer­i­cas’ most des­ti­tute coun­try, where flimsy homes and build­ings leave res­i­dents par­tic­u­larly ex­posed to nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

More than 2000 peo­ple were evac­u­ated to tem­po­rary shel­ters in the Grand Sud re­gion as civil pro­tec­tion forces strug­gled with lo­cals who re­fused to leave some of the most vul­ner­a­ble ar­eas.

They in­cluded the ex­tremely im­pov­er­ished, densely pop­u­lated neigh­bour­hoods of Cite Soleil –where some 100,000 of the total 500,000 res­i­dents face se­ri­ous flood­ing risks – and the cap­i­tal’s Cite L’Eter­nel by the sea.

The sea level kept ris­ing on the south­ern side of Haiti’s side of the is­land of His­pan­iola, which it shares with the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. In the third city of Cayes, sea wa­ter was reach­ing the streets, helped by heavy rains.

Flood­ing was also re­ported in some ar­eas of Ja­maica as the cat­e­gory 4 storm on the five-point Saf­fir-Simp­son scale crept closer from the south, news re­ports said.

Cuba evac­u­ated some 316,000 peo­ple from the east of the is­land. Cuba and the Ba­hamas also lie along the likely path of de­struc­tion.

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