Hurricane Matthew has killed hundreds in Haiti Thursday, and is on its way to the United States.
As of Friday morning, the death toll has risen to over 300 people, reports BBC News. Most deaths have occurred in small towns and fishing villages on the southern coast of Haiti.
Cities have been leveled and a bridge collapse on Tuesday cut off the southwest section of the island. Parts of the island are now facing electricity loss as well as shortages on water and food according to non-governmental organizations.
“In Haiti, the Government reports that a number of people have lost their lives and estimates that at least 350,000 people need immediate assistance,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement.
Several humanitarian organizations are trying to aid the country by bringing in supplies for those in need.
Suzy DeFrancis, a spokesperson for the American Red Cross, told BBC News, “”We [have] warehouses with relief supplies that we will be distributing. Some of the needs that families may have are kitchen kits so they can cook meals, any kind of hygiene kits and then we are most worried about cholera, so we will be helping to distribute aqua tabs to purify the water.”
As Hurricane Matthew begins its descent on the United States, Florida, South Carolina, and parts of Georgia have declared a state of emergency.
According to Fox News, Matthew could cause up to 15 inches of rain in some areas with the chance of a storm surge up to nine feet or more. In Florida, extreme rain and winds have already left almost 200 homes without power.