>> A full picture of the devastation in Haiti starting to take shape after Hurricane Matthew decimated towns, flattened homes and killed over 500 people. And Haitian officials say the death toll could rise as information trickles in from remote areas previously cut off by the storm. Many victims killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers when Matthew hit on Tuesday with winds of 145 miles per hour.
The town of Les Anglais was the first to be hit by the hurricane and has since been out of contact. The mayor telling Reuters that just before the storm hit, people were fleeing their houses in panic, as the sea surged into town. A local official in the town of Chantal telling Reuters, quote, we have nothing left to survive on.
All the crops have gone. All fruit trees are down. I don't have a clue how this is going to be fixed. The Red Cross launching an emergency appeal to provide immediate relief, estimating that hundreds of thousands were in need of humanitarian assistance. Poverty, weak government and precarious living conditions for many of its citizens make Haiti particularly vulnerable to natural disasters.
200,000 people were killed after a massive earthquake struck the country in 2010. The latest destruction in Haiti, prompting authorities to postpone a presidential election that had been scheduled for Sunday.