Death toll soars as Haiti digs out from Hurricane Matthew

JEREMIE, Haiti — People across southwest Haiti were digging through the wreckage of their homes Friday, salvaging what they could of their meagre possessions after devastating Hurricane Matthew killed...

JEREMIE, Haiti — People across southwest Haiti were digging through the wreckage of their homes Friday, salvaging what they could of their meagre possessions after devastating Hurricane Matthew killed hundreds of people in the impoverished country.

The central government’s official death toll stood at nearly 300, but an official in southwest Haiti said that figure did not include at least 80 more people and authorities doing the on-ground assessment in remote corners of the southwestern peninsula said it would likely be significantly higher.

 

 

Saint-Victor Jeune, an official with the Civil Protection agency working in Beaumont, in the mountains on the outskirts of hard-hit Jeremie, said 82 bodies found by his team had not been recorded by authorities in the capital because of spotty communications. Most appeared to have died from falling debris from the winds that tore through the area at 145 mph (235 kph) on Tuesday.

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