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Official: 470 dead in 1 district of Haiti's southwest

5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago October 08, 2016 Oct 8, 2016 Saturday, October 08 2016 October 08, 2016 1:40 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

JEREMIE, Haiti - A civil protection official says at least 470 people have died in one district of Haiti's hard-hit southwest region after Hurricane Matthew pummeled that area earlier this week.

Fridnel Kedler told The Associated Press on Saturday that he expects that number to rise because authorities haven't been able to reach two communities in the Grand-Anse department on the peninsula's northern tip.

The overall death toll remains unknown. Death counts are frequently difficult to tabulate in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster in any country, though it is particularly difficult in remote and mountainous southwest Haiti.

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