Haiti’s death toll climbed Thursday as rescue crews began reaching remote corners cut off when Hurricane Matthew slammed into the country’s southwest peninsula, the first Category 4 storm to hit Haiti in more than a half century. Reports say 339 people are reported dead. Two days after the storm rampaged across Haiti’s remote southwestern peninsula, authorities and aid workers still lack a clear picture of what they fear is the country’s biggest disaster in years.
As the weather calms, convoys and helicopters have begun venturing to marooned corners of the country to assess the damage and determine how to help thousands of people who lost homes, livestock and crops. In addition to the deaths, there are also 27 people injured and three others missing, Haitian officials said. More than 21,000 people are in 152 shelters. Civil protection officials said they still don’t have any information on potential deaths and injuries in the southern department of Grand-Anse, one of the hardest hit.