Haiti death toll reaches 1,000 following Hurricane Matthew

A little over a week ago, Hurricane Matthew struck the small nation of Haiti, leaving the country in turmoil.

The small Caribbean nation, which shares an island with the Dominican Republic, is struggling to deal with the aftermath left from the category four hurricane that hit the nation last week.

Hurricane Matthew is the strongest  hurricane to hit the region in a decade, with winds of 110mph lasting for seven days.

Haitian officials have reported that 1,000 people have been killed from the storm, and now the country is being faced with a public health crisis as cholera is spreading through rural communities. The country also faces a lack clean water, food and shelter.

Before Matthew hit, only 13 cases of cholera had been reported, but its seen a drastic rise since.  According to Missole Anotine, a hospital director in Port-a-Piment, by Sunday afternoon nearly 60 people had cholera and four people had died from the waterborne illness.

Haiti, which is the poorest country in Latin America, has seen devastation like no other. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, leaving more then 60,000 people homeless and forced to stay in temporary shelters.

On Monday, The United Nations appealed for $119 million in life saving assistance to be given to the 750,000 people in southwest Haiti.

The funds will be used to provide food, clean water and shelter to the area most affected by the storm.

“Hurricane Matthew has resulted in the largest humanitarian crisis in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake at a time when the country is already facing an increase in the number of cholera cases, and severe food insecurity and malnutrition,” The United Nations said.