Colorado company helps map damage from Hurricane Matthew

Next with Kyle Clark. 9NEWS @ 6

WESTMINSTER - We’re getting a look, from a unique angle, at the destruction Hurricane Matthew did to parts of Haiti.

DigitalGlobe, a company that does earth imagery taken from satellites, took pictures of six Haitian towns, before and after Hurricane Matthew hit the area.  The towns are along the western side of Haiti’s southern peninsula.  The after pictures were taken on October 9th, a few days after the hurricane moved through the area.

More than 500 people were killed when the hurricane pummeled the country last week. The before and after images show the decimation, including destroyed buildings, roofs missing, and trees ripped from the ground.

DigitalGlobe, who shared the satellite imagery with 9NEWS, says it’s working with relief and disaster response organizations to help them with response decisions by identifying areas that have been impacted by the hurricane.  You can read more about their response efforts here.

The United Nations told the Associated Press the impoverished Caribbean nation is facing “a humanitarian tragedy and an acute emergency situation” with 1.4 million people needing immediate help.  The organization says the health impact of Hurricane Matthew “cannot be overestimated.”

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