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Hurricane Matthew death toll continues to rise in Haiti

Hurricane Matthew 2The death toll continues to rise in Haiti, as hardest-hit districts become accessible in the south and southwest regions of the Caribbean

country devastated last week by category 4 Hurricane Matthew.

Mayors and representatives of the central government in the affected areas have revealed over the past few days figures that amount

to 1,332 people killed as Matthew lashed towns and villages with high winds and torrential rain.

In addition, the cholera epidemic has a new outbreak, killing at least 160 people and sickening nearly 300 since the passage of Matthew, according to local officials.

Two girls play amid the rubble after Hurricane Matthew in a street of Port-a-Piment, Haiti, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Two girls play amid the rubble after Hurricane Matthew in a street of Port-a-Piment, Haiti, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

However, the official death toll issued on Tuesday by the civil protection office,

based in the capital Port-au-Prince, was 372 deaths

throughout the country, while the central government’s highest-ranking executive

authority in the Grande-Anse (Southwest) region,

Kedner Frenel, told HCNN that at least 522 people were killed in his area alone.

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