Port-au-Prince/Santo Domingo, Oct 6: Hurricane Matthew after wreaking havoc in Haiti and Cuba moved toward the Bahamas and Florida’s eastern coast.
The storm has claimed at least 17 lives and caused a heavy damage which led to the postpone the Sunday’s presidential election in Haiti’.
The president of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council, Leopold Berlanger, lamented that a new date for the presidential elections would be declared by next Wednesday at the latest after holding discussions between various interested parties, France 24 reported.UN officials termed the hurricane as “the worst humanitarian crisis to hit Haiti since the 2010 earthquake”, whipped Cuba and Haiti with 230 km per hour winds on Tuesday.
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The Category four hurricane struck towns, farmlands and resorts, toppled trees, power lines and at least one bridge – and left tens of thousands of Haitians without power.
According to NBC News, nearly 35,000 residents who lived near the water went further inland before the storm hit. Cuban officials informed that these residents either evacuated to higher ground with family or placed in shelters run by the state.
Hurricane and tropical storm warnings have been extended along a large stretch of Florida’s east coast ahead of Matthew’s forecast arrival on Thursday.