Significant Loss Of Life And Property As Haiti And U.S. Hit Hard By Hurricane Matthew
Hurricane Matthew has claimed the lives of almost 900 Haitians as hit made landfall this week.
According to a nurse working in Port-au-Prince who spoke to BBC, the island is almost completely destroyed.
“What we’ve seen thus far has been a fairly large-spread destruction in the south, potentially at points of 90% destruction in some of locations – complete destruction.”
Almost 900 souls have been claimed as a result of this wide-spread destruction.
At least 877 people were confirmed dead late on Friday, local officials told Reuters news agency.
One of the survivors in the village of Chantal told Reuters a tree had flattened his house.
“The entire house fell on us. I couldn’t get out,” Jean-Pierre Jean-Donald said.
“People came to lift the rubble, and then we saw my wife, who had died.”
Our prayers continue to go out to those are dealing with unimaginable grief at this time.
Stateside, Matthew hasn’t been quite as fatal, but lives have been lost and several states have suffered extensive damage according to DailyMail.
After killing six people in Florida and nearly 900 in Haiti, Matthew raked the Georgia and South Carolina coasts with torrential rain and stiff winds before touching down in McCleallanville, about 50 minutes from Charleston, just after 11am.
It has been estimated that Matthew will end up damaging roughly 1.5million residential and commercial properties in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Property data firm CoreLogic projects that the total damage will cost between $4billion and $6billion in insured losses, anticipating 90 percent of insurance claims will be attributed to storm surges and wind damage from the storm.
We are getting to the tail end of hurricane season, and we can only hope that nothing else pops off anytime soon.
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