After Hurricane Matthew: Destruction, cholera and mass graves in Haiti

After the devastating destruction Hurricane Matthew left behind, the authorities are focusing their efforts on rehabilitating the country and avoiding an epidemic outbreak.
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In Haiti, the authorities started to bury the more than 1,000 people who were killed when Hurricane Matthew hit the small country in mass graves. In the south-western part of the island, medical teams are working around the clock in order to stop a cholera epidemic outbreak.

The devastating hurricane, which was the strongest storm that hit the Caribbean in recent years, pounded Haiti on Tuesday with winds of over 230 kilometers per hour. According to the UN humanitarian aid coordinator, the hurricane left over 1.4 million people in need of humanitarian aid.

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Cholera, which is threatening Haiti's population, causes extreme diarrhea and might even be deadly if not treated. The disease spreads through polluted water and needs only a short nesting period. This leads to a fast-spreading outbreak that requires immediate attention.


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