Hurricane Matthew kills 26 as it slams into Bahamas

    Hurricane Matthew kills 26 as it slams into Bahamas

    Oct.6, Bahamas: Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, made landfall in the Bahamas on Wednesday after battering Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic with torrential rains, killing at least 26 people.

    The hurricane, which the United Nations said created the worst humanitarian crisis to hit struggling Haiti since a devastating 2010 earthquake, whipped Cuba and Haiti with 230km-per-hour winds on Tuesday, pummelling towns, farmland and resorts.

    In the United States, more than 1.5 million people were urged to evacuate the southeastern coast and Florida Governor Rick Scott warned residents to prepare for a possible devastating direct hit.

    Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated from the path of Matthew, which caused severe flooding and killed four people in the Dominican Republic, as well as at least 22 in Haiti.

    The storm carved a path of devastation through western Haiti, destroying houses, dumping boats and debris on coastal roads, and heavily flooding residential areas.

    Some 80 percent of homes were damaged in Haiti's Sud Department, which has a population of more than 700,000, a government official said in a meeting with UN officials. Some 11,000 people were in shelters in the province.

    In the town of Jeremie, people were cooking and sleeping outside because most houses were either knocked down or severely damaged. Similar scenes were reported across the coastal towns of the south.

    The Oslo Times International News Network