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Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew Brings Threat of Food Shortages, More Cholera

LADB Article ID: 80139
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2016-11-10
By: George Rodríguez

Hurricane Matthew, the Category 4 storm that ravaged southwest Haiti in October, has deepened this Caribbean island nation’s ongoing political crisis and left massive destruction that puts the country in danger of widespread food shortages and devastating epidemics. Matthew has made the situation even worse for the 80% of the 10.8 million Haitians who live in severe poverty and survive on a daily income of less than US$2. Many are still waiting for a solution to their critical situation as victims of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, 2010, killing over 200,000 people, displacing another 600,000, and leaving 1.5 million homeless. In Haiti’s long history of destructive natural events––which starts with an earthquake in 1564––Hurricane Matthew stands out as one of the strongest. Official and UN provisional figures say that as many as 1,000 people were killed, and around 800 are still missing. More than 180,000 have been left homeless, and approximately 1.4 million people are in need of emergency assistance.

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