Hurricane Matthew has struck the Bahamas this Thursday October 6th after leaving a trail of destruction in Haiti, Republica Dominicana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It has claimed the lives of 113 people and 108 of them in Haiti, where the hurricane has caused the most destruction.
Haiti, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, was the most affected, where the 200 kph winds flooded the villages and destroyed many homes. It has affected many families and it’s going to have a high cost in infrastructure.
After leaving the Caribbean islands the hurricane reached the Bahamas. They were caught unguarded by this now category 4 storm. People were not prepared and felt the consequences.
Then the storm approached the coast of Florida where they braced for impact as the powerful winds were ready to sweep the beautiful beaches.
Florida Governor Rick Scott said “I cannot emphasize enough that everyone in our state must prepare now for a direct hit”. As much as 300,000 people have taken shelter in the southern coast of Florida.
Although Hurricane Matthew did not affect Nicaragua, it serves as a wake up call for Nicaraguan authorities to develop evacuation plans and aid programs in order to prepare for such a catastrophe.