The impoverished island nation of Haiti was still in the midst of rebuilding efforts from deadly 2010 earthquake, when Hurricane Matthew blew through this week.
The United Nations is describing the hurricane as Haiti’s worst humanitarian crisis since the earthquake six years ago. The death toll from the storm has reached 330, and is expected to rise as waters recede and recovery efforts continue, and officials fear the storm could fuel an already deadly cholera epidemic in the region.
President Obama commented Haiti’s challenges today (Friday, 10/7/16) from FEMA headquarters.
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Meantime, the White House says President Obama has been receiving updates on the urgent situation in Haiti. Top members of his team have been convening to formulate the government response.
People walk on a street next to destroyed houses after #HurricaneMatthews hit Jeremie REUTERS/@carlosrawlins #Haiti pic.twitter.com/yeaqr1vSUK
— Reuters Paris Pix (@ReutersParisPix) October 7, 2016
You can also help immediately by donating to the Red Cross to assist the relief effort. Contribute online to the Red Cross, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting “HAITI” to “90999.” Find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information.
Families of Americans living in Haiti are encouraged to contact the State Department at 888-407-4747.
Images and video from Twitter #Haiti
“There is a very severe risk of a rise in cholera” – our country director in #Haiti on impact of #HurricaneMatthew: https://t.co/r5q9LbK4yG pic.twitter.com/lBnnW08wFL
— Concern Worldwide (@Concern) October 7, 2016
#Haiti devastation as #HurricaneMatthew kills 300+⏩pic.twitter.com/cnOIByA9bZ#Matthew #Florida #Prayers4Florida #PrayForHaiti #Storm #winds
— ➊AlexCam ⏩ (@1alexcam) October 7, 2016