Transcript for Hurricane Matthew Leaves Devastation, Destruction in Haiti
In Haiti the destruction severe. Officials warning of a life and death situation. ABC's linsey Davis is in port-au-prince right now. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: Good morning, George. Still a bit of rain here. A hurricane warning does remain in effect for this area and while the capital city largely dodged a bullet there are rural areas that are absolutely devastated and fears remain for mudleads, and possibly cholera. Winds reaching 145 miles an hour tearing through Haiti. Category 4 hurricane bringing torrential rainfall. The coastal town here swept away by flooding. Flash floods ripping through villages. This man dangerously tries to cross the rushing waters. You can see the river absolutely raging. It's already 15 feet higher from where it would normally. Police closed down the bridge. People in this village are unable to make it to port-au-prince by car. The damage could be catastrophic in rural areas. The majority of people live in makeshift homes. Before the storm struck authorities tried evacuating the most vulnerable but many refused to leave fearing theft. The real concern with all this rain, mudslides. This morning assessing all the damage in the impoverished country is proving difficult with communications cut off in many areas after bridging gave way and roads became impassable. Standing water and mounds of trash fill several streets in the capital city. The Haitian government asked the U.S. Government for help in their relief effort. Though, the full toll and devastation here on this island is not yet known. The death toll across the caribbean is now up to at least 11. George. Okay. Linsey Davis, boy, what a horrible situation down there in
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