MORE than 400 people have died in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew which swept through the Caribbean region and is now heading towards the Florida coastline in the US.
Disaster and emergence officials monitoring the storm which is backed by winds of estimated at around 120mph (193km/h), said 50 people were killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.
Furthermore, officials said 80% of buildings in the nearby city of Jeremie had been levelled by the storm which also destroyed 30,000 homes in Sud province 30,000.
Media reports said most of the deaths in Haiti were in towns and fishing villages around the southern coast, with many killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers.
Meanwhile, the World Food Programme’s country director in Haiti, Carlos Veloso, warned in an interview with the BBC that it could take up to four or five days to get a clearer picture of the impact and death toll.
Veloso said some aid had been brought into the country’s south-western peninsula, where many of the deaths were reported, but the region remained largely cut off with access only possible by helicopter or sea.