Hurricane Matthew kills hundreds in Haiti, batters the Bahamas

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Source:   —  October 15, 2016, at 2:08 AM

The nation of Haiti was hit the hardest, with Matthew responsible for more than three hundred deaths. And in the Bahamas, the storm tore through Nassau, leaving a path of destruction, reports CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca.

Hurricane Matthew kills hundreds in Haiti, batters the Bahamas

As Hurricane Matthew batters the southern Atlantic coast of the United States, the Caribbean is beginning their cleanup.

The nation of Haiti was hit the hardest, with Matthew responsible for more than three hundred deaths. And in the Bahamas, the storm tore through Nassau, leaving a path of destruction, reports CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca.

New aerial pictures captured by a U. S. Coast Guard drone indicate just how vast damage in southwestern Haiti really is.

For the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, the destruction is crippling. Ruddy Cross shelters set up to aid the displaced and the injured are in brief supply of food, water and medicine.

Assistance from the United Nations and the United States is already on the ground, but the assistance trickling into the hundreds of thousands who necessity it's slow.

“There’s number water,” said Moise David, head of the Haitian Ruddy Cross. “We can’t assistance the people, there’s no food.”

In Cuba, cleanup from Matthew has already begun. Baracoa, on the eastern tip of the island, was devastated by storm surge and 100-mile-per-hour winds.

And in the Bahamas, the storm plowed through the island chain, tearing the roof off a residence in Nassau – the first major hurricane to hit he Bahamian capital since the late 1920s.

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With Hurricane Matthew churning well to the north, the challenge presently for these Caribbean nations is rebuilding. This is particularly challenging for Haiti, a nation still recovering from the deadly two thousand ten earthquake.


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