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At least 400 dead in hurricane-hit Haiti – Senator


This handout photo obtained from the Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development Assistance (ACTED) on October 7, 2016 shows a woman looking on in the devasted town of Jeremie, west Haiti, following Hurricane Matthew.  Hurricane Matthew unleashed torrential rains and up to 120 mile-an-hour winds as it hugged the Florida coast October 7, after a blast through the Caribbean that reportedly left more than 300 dead in Haiti. Poor and vulnerable Haiti remained essentially cut in half two days after Matthew hit, with routes to the devastated south blocked by flooding. Amid conflicting death tolls, a senator from the south, Herve Fourcand, said more than 300 people there had died. / AFP PHOTO / ACTED / - / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /ACTED" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

At least 400 people are now known to have died as Hurricane Matthew leveled huge swaths of Haiti’s south, a local senator told AFP Friday.

Herve Fourcand, a senator for the Sud department, which felt the full force of the impact, said he had so far recorded 400 deaths with several localities still inaccessible.

The civil protection agency for the Sud told AFP it has recorded 315 deaths, with at least four towns still to report back on local fatalities.Punch

A man carries a woman across a  river at Petit Goave where a bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016.  Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba -- blasted by Matthew on October 4, 2016 -- began the messy and probably grim task of assessing the storm's toll. Matthew hit them as a Category Four hurricane but has since been downgraded to three, on a scale of five, by the US National Hurricane Center. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL