At least 572 people are now believed to have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, as more information is received from remote areas cut off by the hurricane.
The number of people killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti rose to at least 572 on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, as information trickled in from remote areas that were cut off by the storm, officials said.
With fatalities rising quickly, different government agencies and committees differed on the total death toll. A Reuters count of deaths reported by civil protection and local officials confirmed 572 people had lost their lives.
Haiti’s central civil protection agency, which takes longer to collate numbers, said 271 people died as Matthew smashed through the tip of Haiti’s western peninsula on Tuesday with 145 mile-per-hour (233 kph) winds and torrential rain. Some 61,500 people were in shelters, the agency said.
The storm pushed the sea into fragile coastal villages, some of which are only now being contacted.
At least three towns reported dozens of fatalities, including the inland community of Chantal, whose deputy mayor said 90 people perished, without giving details. At least 89 more were missing, many of them in the Grand’Anse region area in southern Haiti.