Haiti's ministry of education has cancelled all classes nationwide Monday and Tuesday October 3rd and 4th, to allow authorities to use the schools establishment as temporary shelters for the thousands that are expected to be displaced by the powerful storm Matthew.  

An initial 576 shelters to house some 90.000 people were made available in the south, the area most exposed to the violent intensity of extreme impact of the hurricane. The number of shelters have since risen to 1.000 across the country and able to house some 300.000 people.

Haiti is expected to receive heavy rain and strong winds with risks of landslides, high waves, landslides and flooding, as the hurricane batters down the environmentally fragile Caribbean island.