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Weather experts fear the worst is still ahead after Hurricane Matthew claimed the lives of hundreds in Haiti.    

Oct, 07, 2016

The death toll in Haiti has sky rocketed as officials continue to assess the massive damage done by Hurricane Matthew.

As of Friday morning, NBC News reported that the estimated number of lives lost to the storm is at least 478, while the Haiti Central Civil Protection Agency reported a total of 271 deaths as of Thursday evening.

In addition, an estimated 61,500 residents are displaced and in shelters. Camp Perrin Mayor Pilis Enor says the devastation brought about by the hurricane is unlike any other the country has ever seen."

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Devastation is everywhere," Enor said. "Every house has lost its roof. All the plantations have been destroyed. This is the first time we see something like this."

Hurricane Matthew is the first category 4 hurricane to hit Haiti in decades.