PORT-AU-PRINCE Oct 6 Hurricane Matthew has
killed at least 39 people, the death toll in struggling Haiti
alone rising to 35, local officials said, as the storm headed
northward on Thursday battering the Bahamas en route to Florida.
Haitis civil protection service put the toll in the
impoverished Caribbean nation at 23 dead, many killed by falling
trees, flying debris and swollen rivers. The interior ministry
and a local mayor confirmed 12 other deaths to Reuters across
Four people were killed earlier in neighboring Dominican
Matthew is the strongest hurricane in the Caribbean since
Felix struck in 2007. On Tuesday and Wednesday it whipped Cuba
and Haiti with 140 mile-per-hour winds and torrential rain,
pummeling towns and destroying livestock, crops and homes
The devastation in Haiti prompted authorities to postpone a
presidential election originally planned for Sunday.
(Reporting by Joseph Guyler Delva; Writing by Simon Gardner)