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The Utilization of Regional Relief Assets in the Wake of Hurricane Matthew

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 9:56 AM
The devastation left by last week's Hurricane Matthew along a battered path from the Caribbean islands to the United States(US) mainland has now ushered in broad rescue, relief and aid operations from Haiti to the coasts of the Carolinas.

Haiti -  the hardest hit area in the storm, suffered catastrophic deaths numbering over 900 thus far, widespread property damage to hundreds of homes and a growing health scare from the disease, cholera, which had already killed 10,000 and infected 800,000 in the country since 2010. 

Jocerlerme Privert, Haiti's interim president, told the BBC-News that Hurricane Matthew left destruction on any apocalyptic scale, while the United nations(UN) disclosed that a "massive response" to recovery was needed because of fear of famine in the next few months in Haiti. 

International aid has started entering Haiti from USAID, private and NGO groups, including two players for the Washington Redskins American Football team - Pierre Garcon and Ricky Jean Francois, who are of Haitian descent, who took a plane full of medical supplies on Sunday, NBC4 Washington, DC, reported.

In the southeastern states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, 30 people died in Hurricane Matthew. Electrical power has been restored to many homes, though thousands remain in the dark. However, in the Carolinas, a lingering threat remains to be flooding as some rivers continue to rise. Yet, full recovery and relief efforts are in place to normalize affected areas following the Hurricane Matthew.

Categories: Natural Disaster

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