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Hurricane Matthew death toll passes 100

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While most of today’s attention is focused on Florida, it bears noting that the death toll has risen past a-hundred in Haiti, which took a direct hit on Tuesday.

Haiti’s interior minister says 108 lives have been lost so far 50 dead in one southern town alone.
Yves Fontaine is a security officer in Cayman, but he’s originally from Les Cayes (“Le ky’s”), one of the first places directly affected by Matthew.  He says his brother is accounted for, he has yet to hear from his father but a nephew is looking for him tonight, and a sister sustained injuries during the storm.
Communications in Haiti are difficult in normal times, nearly impossible now and Mr. Fontaine wants to go back and help like he did after the 2008 earthquake.

“It’s me who wants to go because of the situation of my sister, she sent a messaging saying brother don’t let me die without seeing you, so therefore that is what I really, really wanted to go to see her because her house collapsed and the blocks fall over her and hit her in the back and there is no way to even get to the hospital so that is why I really, really want to go because that is my only sister,” said Mr. Fontaine.

Mr. Yves says Les Cayes received a lot of water damage from the rain and the storm surge. To get in contact with Mr. Fontaine, please reach him at 326-6340.

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Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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