Worst Caribbean Storm in a Decade Decimates Haiti






In 2010
Haiti was decimated by an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale. Still
struggling to recuperate from this devastating tragedy, last week Haiti was hit
by its largest natural disaster since the earthquake: Hurricane Matthew.
Characterized as the worst Caribbean storm in a decade, Haiti’s death count has
reached 900. According to the BBC, some areas have seen 90% destruction.
Churches, schools and homes have been reduced to rubble. The situation has
aggravated Haiti’s cholera epidemic, which has already left 10,000 people dead
since the events in 2010. A large part of the population had already been
lacking access to safe drinking water and sanitation; however Hurricane Matthew
has multiplied this number. With 1.4 million Haitians needing immediate
assistance at this time, the country has made an emergency appeal to the UN for
$120 million USD.