Hurricane Matthew: Hundreds dead in Haiti storm disaster

Media caption Hurricane Matthew leaves hundreds dead in Haiti
Media caption Hurricane Matthew leaves hundreds dead in Haiti

The death toll in Haiti as a result of Hurricane Matthew – the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade – has soared to more than 300, officials say.

Some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone.

The nearby city of Jeremie saw 80% of its buildings levelled. In Sud province 30,000 homes were destroyed.

Category Three Matthew, with sustained winds of 120mph (193km/h), is heading up the coastline of the US state of Florida but has not made landfall.

It remains unclear whether it will do so.

At 07:00 local time (11:00 GMT) Matthew was centred about 35 miles (60km) east-north-east of Cape Canaveral and moving north-north-west at about 14mph (22km/h), the National Hurricane Center said.

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SOURCE: BBC World Service Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.