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Catholic agencies prepare response after hurricane pounds Caribbean

Thursday, October 6, 2016 9:46
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By Dennis Sadowski | Catholic News Service

Residents salvage items from their destroyed home Oct. 5 after Hurricane Matthew swept through Les Cayes, Haiti. Emergency teams in Haiti struggled to reach areas cut off by washed-out bridges and mudslides after Matthew roared over the nation's western tip and began an island-hopping path toward the U.S. coast.

WASHINGTON — Wind-whipped rains from Hurricane Matthew shattered Haiti's southwest peninsula, downing trees, ripping open makeshift wooden homes and causing widespread flooding Oct. 4 as aid workers waited for the storm to subside before mobilizing.

The city of Les Cayes and coastal towns and villages in South Department were experiencing the most destruction as the storm made landfall at dawn with 145-mile-an-hour winds.

Forecasters expected Matthew to dump up to 30 inches of rain in most communities, with some locales receiving up to 40 inches.

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