Haiti Takes a Hit

Hurricane Matthew, one of the strongest hurricanes in years in the Caribbean, pummeled Haiti yesterday, killing at least 2 people there as well as 4 in the Dominican Republic.
 
The hurricane spurred the evacuation of hundreds of thousands, many of whom live in flimsy shelters and tents, with few means of escaping the storm, Reuters reported.
 
Mourad Wahba, the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Haiti, said that with "much of the population" displaced by Matthew, "Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the earthquake 6 years ago.”
 
Health care workers expressed concern about a flood of injuries and illness; Charles-Patrick Almazor, chief medical officer in Haiti for Partners in Health, told the Boston Globe“We expect lots of cases . . . hundreds per facility” of cholera.
 
The hurricane also hit Cuba yesterday, and is heading toward the Bahamas.

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