HAITI — Hurricane Matthew lashed Haiti on Tuesday, the howling winds and fierce floods toppling trees, damaging scores of homes and killing valuable livestock, NBC News reported. Communication with Haiti post-Matthew is limited but above are some photos from the Island.
Authorities said there were at least two deaths — one a fisherman, another an infirm man killed when his home imploded — while rising waters swallowed two popular beaches, Pointe Sable and Carpentier.
An assistant mayor in the southwest town of Les Cayes was holding a meeting about the storm when winds blew off the roof of the building. More than 9,000 people sought refuge in shelters in the middle of the night in the Nippes and Grand’Anse southern and western regions.
The center of Hurricane Matthew made landfall along the southwestern Tiburon peninsula at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, the first major hurricane to strike Haiti in 50 years.
Widespread flooding and dangerous mudslides are expected across the island where more than 61,000 people still live in tents following the catastrophic 2010 earthquake that killed more than 300,000.