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The death toll in Haiti post-Hurricane Matthew is 65 and counting.
On Tuesday, Hurricane Matthew made landfall over Haiti as a Category 4 storm with winds at speeds of 145 mph.
The death toll is still expected to rise, however, as rescue workers continue making their way to the hardest-hit areas in Haiti’s southeastern region to assess the full extent of Hurricane Matthew’s rampage.
“We’ve already seen deaths. People who were out at sea. There are people who are missing; they are people who didn’t respect the alerts. They’ve lost their lives,” said Interim Haitian President Jocelerme Privert, reports CNN.
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In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s presidential election, which was scheduled to be held Sunday, has been postponed. NPR reports that the electoral council has yet to set a new date for the elections as, parts of Haiti (and its population) have not been reached to assess damages.
Though the full extent of Hurricane Matthew remains unclear, the devastating conditions it has left behind have medical officials fearing another cholera outbreak, according to ABC News.
The hurricane is moving through the Bahamas and is expected to intensify as it makes its way towards the U.S. in Florida.
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