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Over a week after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti the death toll there has risen to 546 people, the country’s civil protection authority said late on Thursday …

EREMIE, Oct. 13, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Image provided by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) shows patients suffering from diarrhea and cholera being treated AT Hospital St-Antoine after the attack of Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, on Oct. 10, 2016. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday that 1.4 million Haitians were in need of humanitarian aid, including cholera vaccines, following the passage of Hurricane Matthew last week. (Xinhua/UNICEF) (wtc)

EREMIE, Oct. 13, 2016 (Xinhua) — Image provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) shows patients suffering from diarrhea and cholera being treated AT Hospital St-Antoine after the attack of Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, on Oct. 10, 2016. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned on Tuesday that 1.4 million Haitians were in need of humanitarian aid, including cholera vaccines, following the passage of Hurricane Matthew last week. (Xinhua/UNICEF) (wtc)

Over a week after hurricane Matthew hit Haiti the death toll there has risen to 546 people, the country’s civil protection authority said late Thursday …

Some media reports spoke of higher numbers of fatalities, while rescue workers in the affected areas told dpa that the number of victims is still likely to rise.

In addition, more than 500 people are infected with cholera, with aid agencies now focusing on delivering fresh water and fixing sewage infrastructure.

Matthew struck Haiti on October 4, packing wind speeds of 230 kilometres per hour and causing extensive flooding, destroying homes, and uprooting trees, before moving on to hit five US states causing further fatalities.

According to the United Nations, 1.4 million people in the impoverished Caribbean nation are in urgent need of help.

(161014) -- JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) shows a view of the rubble caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. One week after Matthew's attack, international aid organizations, the Haitian government and the victims were joining hands to restore normalcy and repair the massive damages in Jeremie. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) — Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti shows a view of the rubble caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. One week after Matthew’s attack, international aid organizations, the Haitian government and the victims were joining hands to restore normalcy and repair the massive damages in Jeremie. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

(161014) -- JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) shows a local resident cleaning up the rubble caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. One week after Matthew's attack, international aid organizations, the Haitian government and the victims were joining hands to restore normalcy and repair the massive damages in Jeremie. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) — Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti shows a local resident cleaning up the rubble caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

(161014) -- JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) shows local residents unloading building materials for reconstruction of their community destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. One week after Matthew's attack, international aid organizations, the Haitian government and the victims were joining hands to restore normalcy and repair the massive damages in Jeremie. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) — Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti shows local residents unloading building materials for reconstruction of their community destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

(161014) -- JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) shows Haitian fire department officers removing fallen trees, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. One week after Hurricane Matthew's attack, international aid organizations, the Haitian government and the victims were joining hands to restore normalcy and repair the massive damages in Jeremie. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) — Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti shows Haitian fire department officers removing fallen trees, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

(161014) -- JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) shows a view of the rubble caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. One week after Matthew's attack, international aid organizations, the Haitian government and the victims were joining hands to restore normalcy and repair the massive damages in Jeremie.(Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) — Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti shows a view of the rubble caused by Hurricane Matthew, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

(161014) -- JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) shows Haitian officials supervising the distribution of food supplies, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. One week after Hurricane Matthew's attack, international aid organizations, the Haitian government and the victims were joining hands to restore normalcy and repair the massive damages in Jeremie. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

JEREMIE, Oct. 14, 2016 (Xinhua) — Image provided by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti shows Haitian officials supervising the distribution of food supplies, in Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 11, 2016. (Xinhua/Logan Abassi/UN/MINUSTAH) (jg) (fnc) (axy)

Bernadette Simeon lies on a downed tree as she sells gasoline along the road after Hurricane Matthew affected Beaumont, a district of Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Simeon, 41, said she lost everything to the hurricane, and lamented that her kids couldn't go to school because the buildings were destroyed and they lost books and uniforms. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

Bernadette Simeon lies on a downed tree as she sells gasoline along the road after Hurricane Matthew affected Beaumont, a district of Jeremie, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Simeon, 41, said she lost everything in the hurricane, and lamented that her kids couldn’t go to school because the buildings were destroyed and they lost books and uniforms. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

The daughter of 84-year-old Armant Germain replaces the sheets on her bed, in the cholera ward at a hospital in Les Cayes Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Health authorities have warned that Hurricane Matthew has created conditions that are likely to cause an increase in the deadly waterborne cholera virus. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The daughter of 84-year-old Armant Germain replaces the sheets on her bed, in the cholera ward at a hospital in Les Cayes Haiti, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Health authorities have warned that Hurricane Matthew has created conditions that are likely to cause an increase in the deadly waterborne cholera virus. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Sacks of donated rice for Hurricane Matthew relief are unloaded from a U.S. military helicopter, in the mountain village of Beaumont, near Jeremie, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. An international relief effort for victims of Hurricane Matthew entered a more advanced stage Thursday as a second U.S. military ship arrived off Haiti's coast and U.N. convoys and non-government organizations began reaching more isolated communities. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Sacks of donated rice for Hurricane Matthew relief are unloaded from a U.S. military helicopter, in the mountain village of Beaumont, near Jeremie, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. An international relief effort for victims of Hurricane Matthew entered a more advanced stage Thursday as a second U.S. military ship arrived off Haiti’s coast and U.N. convoys and non-government organizations began reaching more isolated communities. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

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