PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Friday October 7, 2016 – The death toll in Haiti from the catastrophic passage of Hurricane Matthew continues to rise, as authorities predicted, with the number near 300 up to this morning.
The loss of life and livelihoods, homes and infrastructure, has been staggering.
Most of the deaths were in towns and fishing villages around Haiti’s southern coast, with many killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers.
Authorities are still trying to assess the situation, but the photos below, published on BBC’s website, give an idea of some of the physical damage that has been done by Matthew when it hit the country as a Category 4 hurricane.
The now Category 3 Matthew, with sustained winds of 120 miles per hour, was this morning heading up the coastline of the US state of Florida.