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the hard-hit towns can only be reached by air or sea.
Many of the deaths in Haiti were in the south-western
coast, which suffered the full force of the hurricane this
Category Three Matthew, with sustained winds of 120mph,
is currently battering the coastline of the US state of Florida
but it is not yet clear if it will make landfall.
Haiti s Civil Protection Agency on Friday doubled the death
toll from the hurricane from 400 to more than 800.
A definitive number is taking time to obtain because of
the intensity of the damage to remote areas that are inac-
cessible because of flood water.
At least one major town in the south---Jeremie---has been
80 per cent destroyed, with aerial footage showing the scale
of destruction with hundreds of flattened houses.
Three other towns in the south are reporting dozens of
fatalities, according to Reuters news agency. The mayor of
the village of Chantal told the news agency that 86 people
had died and 20 more were missing.
Civil Protection Agency official Saint-Victor Jeune said his
team had found another 82 bodies in the mountainous outskirts
of Jeremie. But they were unable to register these with the
Haitian authorities because of poor communications, he said.
Government and UN officials estimate that some 350,000
people are in need of assistance.
After slicing through Haiti and Cuba, Hurricane Matthew
pounded the Bahamas on Thursday but no fatalities were
Four people died in the neighbouring Dominican Republic
on Tuesday. (BBC)
Hurricane Matthew's brutal winds
continued battering Florida yesterday as
its eyewall skirted the coast and began
pummeling beachfront cities with
At 3 pm, National Hurricane Center
forecasters said the storm's eyewall was
grazing the coast, parallel to St
Augustine. Wind gusts reaching 86 mph
were recorded near the historic town.
Sustained winds topped 115 mph.
As the storm continued north, winds
churned up a punishing storm surge that
sent waves washing over roads. A tidal
gauge on the St John's River reported
water levels nearly four feet above
The storm should continue heading
north, northwest, with a turn to the
north later today. The storm will remain
a hurricane over the next two days as it
curves along the coast before circling
back south, forecasters said.
In Florida and across the southeast
US coast, authorities began to worry
that days of watching the storm may be
fueling hurricane fatigue.
In his first briefing of the day
yesterday, Gov Rick Scott warned the
state not to drop its guard just yet.
Matthew batters Florida
A man braces himself
against winds as
moves through Daytona
yesterday. AP PHOTOS
Right: Residents and vehicles avoid a
downed tree and power cable along a
flooded roadway in the aftermath of
Hurricane Matthew in Nassau, Bahamas,
Thursday. The head of the Bahamas
National Emergency Management
Authority, Capt Stephen Russell, said
there were many downed trees and
power lines, but no reports of casualties.
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos is embraced by
his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez yesterday.
President Juan Manuel Santos
was awoken by his son early
yesterday with the news that
he'd been awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize for his efforts to
end the hemisphere's oldest
and bloodiest civil conflict.
"I am infinitely thankful with
all my heart for this honour," he
said in a brief statement. "I
receive it, not in my name, but
in the name of all Colombians,
especially the millions of
victims left by this conflict that
we have suffered through for
more than 50 years."
The administration and the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of
Colombia (FARC) have been in
negotiations in Havana since
2012 and seemed close to
hammering out a definitive
peace deal. But on Sunday,
voters narrowly rejected the
The upset has sent
negotiators scrambling to
revamp and salvage the deal.
In a statement, the Nobel
Committee, said that despite
the rejection at the polls,
Santos has "brought the bloody
conflict significantly closer to a
peaceful solution, and that
much of the groundwork has
been laid for both the verifiable
disarmament of the FARC
guerrillas and a historic process
of national fraternity and
awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Haiti death toll reaches
The town of Jeremie,
Haiti, was among the
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