Hurricane Matthew: Drone footage shows the trail of destruction storm left in its wake

Hurricane Matthew: Drone footage shows the trail of destruction storm left in its wake
Source: The Guardian
Source: The Guardian

Haunting drone footage of Hurricane Matthew's devastation in Haiti was published by the Guardian Friday morning. 

The hurricane hit the small island nation Tuesday, leaving a death toll of more than 800. A reported 80% of the buildings in the southwestern Haitian city of Jeremie were demolished.

Source: The Guardian

Coupled with the rising death toll, there are 27 injuries and three people remain missing, CBS and the Associated Press reported.

Mourad Wahba, United Nations deputy special representative for Haiti, described the hurricane as the "largest humanitarian event" since the small country was largely destroyed by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in 2010.

Source: The Guardian

Winds of around 150 miles per hour battered swaths of the country. The southern part of the island was hardest hit — BBC reported 30,000 homes were destroyed in Haiti's Sud department.

Supplies of food and water are reportedly running out, and flood waters are impeding rescue efforts, as is the outage of power and phone connectivity. 

A little girl helps her mother repair their home in Les Cayes, Haiti, damaged by Hurricane Matthew.
Source: 
Dieu Nalio Chery/AP

Hurricane Matthew hit the United States' south Atlantic coast — including South Carolina, Georgia and Florida — early Friday. Approximately 2.5 million people were ordered to evacuate in anticipation of the storm. 

Overall, the hurricane is expected to impact 28 million people. 

Correction: Oct. 7, 2016
A previous version of this story misstated the day Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti. The hurricane hit Tuesday.

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Natasha Noman

Natasha is a News Staff Writer covering global affairs. She previously reported on regional affairs from Pakistan. Natasha is based in New York and can be reached at natasha@mic.com.

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