Government launches drive to raise funds for Haiti

The Government has launched a national drive to bring relief to the people of Haiti and is asking members of the public to help contribute toward a target of US$300,000.

The programme runs until the end of the month.

The following is a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister.

Persad-Bissessar: Pray for Haiti, help how ever you can

I am deeply distressed by the human tragedy unfolding in Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, which devastated entire communities and left more than 900 dead. Many more have suffered severe injuries and tens of thousands are homeless.

While much media attention has been focused on the storm as it passed through communities in the United States, reporters have paid less attention to the human suffering in Haiti, which is one of the poorest countries in the world.

T&T groups rally to assist Haiti

Several organisations in T&T have joined in the international humanitarian assistance for Haiti after Hurricane Matthew left behind a trail of destruction last week. 

Reports up to late yesterday were that close to 900 people died and 90 per cent of some areas were destroyed. 

The US National Hurricane Center downgraded Matthew to a Category One hurricane, with maximum sustained winds having decreased to 75mph (120km/h).

PM: We're considering how best to assist Haiti

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has expressed concern for the people of Haiti following the loss and lives and devastation of the country by Hurricane Matthew.

The Office of the Prime Minister issued the following statement today:

"Dr the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has expressed grave concern and empathy for the citizens of Haiti, in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane

Hurricane Matthew's death toll in Haiti reaches 572

The number of people killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti rose to at least 572 on Friday, as information trickled in from remote areas that were cut off by the storm, officials said.

With fatalities rising quickly, different government agencies and committees differed on the total death toll.

Count of deaths reported by civil protection and local officials confirmed 572 people had lost their lives.

Hurricane Matthew's death toll now 141 as Haiti's toll climbs to 136

As more deaths are reported in Haiti, the death toll of Hurricane Matthew has climbed to 141.

Matthew, carrying winds of 220km/h, was "relentlessly pounding" the northwestern part of The Bahamas en route to Florida’s Atlantic coast, the US National Hurricane Center said.

The hurricane was likely to remain a Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale as it hit the US, where it could either take direct aim at Florida or brush along the state’s coast through Friday night, the center said, warning of "potentially disastrous impacts".

Hurricane Matthew's death toll now 69; Haiti accounts for 65

Hurricane Matthew has claimed at least 65 lives in Haiti, taking the death toll from the hurricane to 69 so far.

The Category 3 hurricane is now heading to the Bahamas and Florida and is expected to gain strength again.

Haiti´s civil protection service put the toll at 23 dead, noting that many were killed by falling trees, flying debris and swollen rivers. 

However the Interior Ministry, a mayor and other local officials confirmed 42 other deaths across Haiti, which is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.