Haiti has begun on Sunday a three day national mourning and has started to bury some of its dead in mass graves, as a cholera epidemic is slowly emerging amid the catastrophe left behind by Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful hurricane to hit Haiti in 53 years. Health officials have reported the death of already 13 people and 62 infected with the deadly waterborne illness.

Cholera kills 13 and infects 62 in Haiti, following Hurricane Matthew


Last Tuesday, Hurricane Matthew slammed Haiti with 140 mph winds and torrential rains that caused the death of nearly 1.000 people, displaced another 50.000 and destroyed some 90% of the homes in the most severe affected areas.     

Authorities had to start burying the dead in mass graves in Jeremie because the bodies were starting to decompose, said Kedner Frenel, the most senior central government official in the Grand'Anse region on Haiti's western peninsula, where 522 people have perished in that part of the country alone.

Schools are beginning to open today, the government had cancelled classes nationwide the next day after the storm so that schools could be used as temporary shelters. All flags will be raised at half mass until Tuesday.