BEAUMONT, Haiti (AP) — People across southwest Haiti were digging through the wreckage of their homes Friday, salvaging what they could from a deadly and devastating encountered with the full force of Hurricane Matthew.
The central government’s official death toll stood at nearly 300, but authorities working doing the on-ground assessment in the remote corners of the southwestern peninsula said it would likely be significantly higher when the full accounting was complete.
Saint-Victor Jeune, an official with the Civil Protection agency working in Beaumont, in the mountains on the outskirts of hard-hit Jeremie, said his team had found 82 bodies that had not been recorded by authorities in the capital because of spotty communications. Most appeared to have died from falling debris from the winds that tore through the area at 145 mph on Tuesday.
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