Mercy Corps brings aid to Haiti after hurricane hits

More than 800 people have died in Haiti

This GOES East satellite image posted at 5:12 p.m. and provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows Hurricane Matthew moving northwest along the east coast of Florida, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Leaving more than 100 dead in its wake across the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew steamed toward heavily populated Florida with terrifying winds of 140 mph Thursday, and 2 million people across the Southeast were warned to flee inland. (NOAA via AP)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Haiti took a major beating from Hurricane Matthew this week, leaving the country in a humanitarian crisis.

More than 800 people have died there and help is pouring in, including from a group from Mercy Corps, which is based in Portland.

Mercy Corps responds to Haiti crisis 

Mercy Corps Haiti director Jessica Pearl said there is a group of 3 dozen in Haiti working to give aid in the midst of food shortage, fear of disease and damage to infrastructure.

“This recovery is going take many, many months,” Pearl said. “In addition to reconstruction of physical structures, there are many schools that have been damaged and it’s going to impact children and their education.”

Haiti is still recovering from a catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 2,000 people in 2010.

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