by Averri Glenn
Jérémie, Haiti, was severely damaged by Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 8, 2016. According to NBCNEWS, the death toll has rose past 800, left villages underwater and hundreds homeless. Being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Haiti has struggled to rebuilt after continuously falling victim to natural disasters for the last decade. Hurricane Mathew was a category 4 storm with more than 120 mph winds that has left Haiti devastated.
Many of the areas with severe damage in the south were completely cut off from rescue squads by collapsed bridges and fallen phone lines. Just as Haiti has begun to take the right steps forward in rebuilding their country, Hurricane Matthew has brought them 10 steps backwards. People have lost their loved ones, homes, livestock and valued possessions.
President Barack Obama has urged people to donate to Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). According to the Red Cross, they are taking steps and collecting donations to continue help provide funds for food, supplies and hospitals. They have currently “provided funds for 22 hospitals and clinics, helped more than 135,000 people through safe housing and neighborhood recovery…and have built or repaired more than 9,000 latrines and other water & sanitation systems.”
Although Haiti has dealt with many tragedies, with the help of other nations it’s only option is to rebuilt.