Hurricane Matthew takes life of 264, forces Obama to declare emergency

Washington: The US President Barack Obama today declared a state of emergency following the destruction caused by the Hurricane Matthew. As many as 264 people have lost their lives till now while several houses were damaged.

Matthew, the most powerful hurricane to strike the Caribbean since 2007, made landfall in southwestern Haiti on Tuesday as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 230 kph.

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A partial evaluation indicates that more than 20,000 homes were severely damaged, Joseph said, describing the storm’s impact as a “catastrophe.” The search for additional casualties continues, authorities said. Most of the victims were killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers.

The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency are authorised to coordinate all disaster relief efforts keeping in mind the emergency declaration in Florida.

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