Tamil Diplomat

Powerful Hurricane Matthew threatens Haiti and Jamaica

One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent years is expected to cause flooding and landslides when it passes by Jamaica and Haiti. The fast-approaching Matthew, a Category Four storm, could bring up to 40 inches (102cm) of rain. Heavy rain and winds have already hit parts of Jamaica, with floodwaters blocking roads in the capital Kingston.

Haiti could be more seriously affected when the hurricane passes over the country’s south-west later on Monday. Haitian authorities have urged people to stock up on food and water and secure their homes. Thousands are still living in tents following a huge earthquake in 2010.

The mayor of Haiti’s largest slum in the capital Port-au-Prince, Frederic Hislain, has urged the government to evacuate some 150,000 people whose homes are threatened. Matthew is later expected to reach eastern Cuba, where a hurricane alert is in place for six eastern provinces and residents are being moved from low-lying areas.(BBC,2016)