LES CAYES, Haiti — A hospital's floor is swamped with garbage and water, absent of electricity. People are living in the streets, camped in front of their broken down homes. The buildings have been smashed into splinters. Farm fields have been flattened for farmers.
As Haiti picks through the detritus left by Hurricane Matthew, more and more bodies keep turning up every hour. Some sources have estimated that more than 800 individuals have passed because of the storm. That number is more than double what the government has reported, along it has been mentioned that the toll is unknown. In one area of the country's southern peninsula, nearly 30K homes are destroyed and 150 lives lost, as reported. A full accounting of damages has not been started.
It has become a depressing thought that this is a state that the residents and families of residents are becoming accustomed to. This is not something someone should get used to. Being born in Cabo Verde, every time there's a major disaster on a third world country, it hits me. I feel this like it's happening in my hometown. It's events like this that makes me think , "GOD whyyy?".- Juvi Gotti
Haiti was getting ready for elections Sunday, after a long period of political uncertainty and delay, nature did not let them hold the vote. The nation is still grappling with the damages of the 2010 earthquake.
In many parts of the country, important buildings that would serve as voting stations are in ruin. The hope of most is that the government has the elections rescheduled later this year.
“We will have another disaster here if these elections aren’t held this year,” said Pierre Esperance, the executive director of the National Human Rights Defense Network. “The interim government doesn’t really have the power or legitimacy to control the country.”
For most, looking for food or searching for loved ones, the elections is the last worry on their minds. On Friday, the Charmant Hotel in Jérémie posted up a message on their site, reading that the owners have not been in touch since the storm.
“We do know that Bette and Edwin were taking precautions for their guests, staff and family prior to the hurricane,” said the message, left by the staff members.
Valery Numa, a well-known radio host in Port-au-Prince, ran three businesses — a hotel, a radio station and a restaurant — in the town of Camp Perrin. All three were destroyed by the hurricane. But Mr. Numba has set a hopeful date, Nov. 1, for opening his three operations again.
“Any businessman who loses everything is going to be in distress,” he said, adding that he is lucky that none of his family members has died from the hurricane.
The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew brought scenes of hope as survivors appeared. As the hurricane subsided, a team from St.-Boniface Hospital went out to clear a route. One of the workers saw a pregnant woman. Her name is Julienne Cadet, she has walking for at least half a mile. She was bleeding, in active labor. The team quickly gathered around her, they helped her across a raging stream and drove her to the hospital. After an emergency cesarean section, she delivered two healthy boys: Jean-atan and Jonas.
Writer: Juvi Gotti