Hurricane Matthew heads to Bahamas after killing 15 across Caribbean

Hurricane Matthew heads to Bahamas after killing 15 across Caribbean

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Santiago de Cuba (CNN)Hurricane Matthew took aim at the Bahamas on Thursday after leaving behind a humanitarian crisis in Haiti.

At least 15 people died from Matthew’s wrath in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, officials said.
Haiti, still recovering from the catastrophic 2010 earthquake, was hit the hardest. As the death toll rises and crucial infrastructure crumbles, thousands have been displaced. Mourad Wahba, the UN secretary-general’s deputy special representative for Haiti, described Matthew as the “largest humanitarian event” since the earthquake.
The devastation was especially brutal in southern Haiti, where winds of 125 mph (200 kph) destroyed homes, flooded villages and cut off the island from the rest of the country.
National Route 2, which connects Port-au-Prince with Haiti’s southern peninsula, broke apart when the bridge collapsed, the country’s civil protection agency said. In the wake of the storm, the Electoral Commission postponed the country’s Presidential election, which had been scheduled for Sunday. A new date has not been set.
Emergency responders can't get to devastated parts of southern Haiti after a key bridge collapsed.