The number of victims of the hurricane “Matthew” in the US has risen to 30 people, reports channel NBC. Fatal cases have been reported in five States – Virginia, Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina.
According to the channel, the greatest number of victims in Florida. It killed 12 people, three in the result of a direct blow of the storm and nine of carbon monoxide poisoning, failures of power supply and other complications caused by the elements. In North Carolina killed 11 people in South Carolina and Georgia – three people, in Virginia – one.
The Governor of North Carolina Pat Mccroy said that most of the victims drowned in their cars trying to get out of the disaster zone, where a river overflowed. In this regard, he urged residents to refrain from traveling in cars on podtopleny areas to avoid new victims.
Meanwhile, the water level in the rivers continues to grow. Due to breakages of power lines in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina remained without electricity for more than 1.5 million people, reports NBC. In Georgia, according to the October 10, without light and heat remain about 124 thousand people, said the Georgia Power company. In North Carolina – more than 400 thousand people, reports NBC, citing the local public security Department.
The Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley has asked President Barack Obama to declare the territory of 13 districts of this state a disaster area. Monday, 10 October, Obama signed a decree declaring a state of emergency in 31 district of North Carolina.
9 October it was reported about the death in the United States from hurricane “Matthew” 16 people. Later it became known that the storm lost its hurricane status over the United States.
“Matthew” has become the most powerful hurricane in Atlantic ocean since 2007. Besides the U.S., it affected the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas. The greatest number of victims – more than 900 recorded in Haiti. There declared three days of national mourning. Elections for President and Parliament, which was to be held on October 9, postponed (new date will be announced October 13).
On 10 October, the UN Secretary-General ban Ki-moon called the incident a terrible tragedy and called for international support for the affected people in the Caribbean. He said that in Haiti destroyed entire cities and villages. Residents of the threatened epidemic of cholera and other water borne diseases. More than one million people in need of assistance. The building of hundreds of schools damaged.