5 Oct 2016

Hurricane-hit: Southern Haiti cut off after bridge collapse

Picture taken in the flooded neighborhood of La Puya, in Santo Domingo on October 4, 2016 after the passage of Hurricane Matthew through Hispaniola -- the island that the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti. Matthew, a Category Four hurricane, slammed into the Dominican Republic and Haiti Tuesday, triggering major floods and forcing thousands to flee the path of the storm that has claimed at least three lives in each country. / AFP PHOTO / Erika SANTELICES
Southern Haiti, lashed relentlessly by Hurricane Matthew, was cut off from the rest of the country Tuesday after a bridge collapsed, authorities said.
The road, Route Nationale 2, leading to and from La Digue Bridge is the only one linking the capital Port-au-Prince to the southern peninsula, which has been hardest hit by the deadly storm that has triggered floods and forced thousands to flee in the poorest country in the Americas.
“An emergency meeting is taking place to restore access, but it’s going to be difficult to find an alternative route,” civil protection spokesman Edgar Celestin told AFP.

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