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Haiti death toll passes 800 - reports

Published:Friday | October 7, 2016 | 3:18 PM

The BBC is reporting that the death toll in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew has now passed 800.

It says the United Nations has warned that it could take days for the full impact of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti to emerge.

The BBC says this is because rescue teams are yet to gain access to southern areas cut off by the storm.

The World Food Programme's Carlos Veloso is reported as saying that some of the hard-hit towns can only be reached by air or sea.

In addition, communication with the worst-affected areas has been hampered by lack of phone coverage and downed power lines.

Government and UN officials estimate that some 350,000 people are in need of assistance.

The Red Cross has launched an emergency appeal for US$6.9 million to provide medical, shelter, water and sanitation assistance to 50, 000 people.