News outlets are reporting the death toll in the hundreds, with some saying it could be up to 800. The U.S. State Department is warning of “serious problems concerning emergency response/medical care infrastructure and crime in Haiti,” and there are reports that a cholera outbreak could be imminent. The island nation also suffered widespread destruction after a 2010 earthquake.
In the wake of Matthew, the Washington Redskins football team is trying to do its part to help. Today, the NFL team announced that wide receiver Pierre Garcon and defensive end Ricky Jean Francois will be flying to Haiti with a plane full of medical supplies and will hand-deliver items to those in need.
On Saturday, Redskins owner Dan Snyder flew supplies to the Bahamas, which also suffered major damage from the storm. Both Garcon and Francois are of Haitian descent, making this a very personal trip for the players.