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Hurricane Matthews Impact On Haiti Felt On Delmarva

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Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti hard (CBS Newspath) Hurricane Matthew hits Haiti hard (CBS Newspath)

SALISBURY, Md.-The effects of Hurricane Matthews wrath is touching Haitian families here on Delmarva. Hundreds are dead and the amount of damage is still unknown in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. 

Many people in the Haitian community in Salisbury said it's the silence and not being able to get in touch with loved ones that's most concerning. Habaki Pettion is an on air DJ at a local a local Haitian radio station in Salisbury. He is also a community activist as well and said there's a lot of people in the Haitian community that are worried now that Hurricane Matthew hit the country.

"I talked to a lot of them and they don't have a clue what's going on because of communication. They can't talk to people in Haiti and the people in Haiti can't even talk to the people in the cities. It's a mess," Pettion said. 

Local business owner, Lejuste Tanis said he's been fortunate and able to speak to some of his family. 

"I just talked to my uncle this morning on the phone so he was explaining to me, we don't have nobody affected, we don't have people that died. The problem they have is they have to stay at the church and nobody can go home," Tanis said.

Pettion said that's like trying to provide shelter for 18,000 people in one church. Pettion said people in Haiti are trying to survive right now with no electricity, no communication, and little to no food or shelter. Pettion said he's organizing local community relief efforts for Haiti, but said he needs help.

"We can not do it alone, we need a collective effort we need everyone to help and aid, to do what we have to do in order to help Haiti," Pettion said. 

The local Red Cross is urging people who are still trying to get in touch with loved ones in Haiti to contact them. They have two programs called reconnecting families and restoring links that can help. 

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