In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Haiti is trying to regain its economic success. In recent years Haiti has been racing into the 21st century but in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew progress has halted. The storm has leveled houses, cellphone towers and roads. The minister for commerce and industry, Marie Roselore, said “Instead of going forward, we have to restart. The storm leveled all of the potential we had to grow and reboot our economy.”

Haiti’s economy relies heavily on agriculture. Local farmers are concerned that investors will pull their support. Without money from investors the repercussions on agriculture could be catastrophic for Haiti. In the rural town of Jeremie, which was in direct route of Hurricane Matthew, cement houses were reduced to rubble. Many of the farmers haven’t been able to return to their plantations because the roads are closed. Aid to the town of Jeremie has been halted because the axis to the town was closed off by fallen trees and debris.

Even with over 450 lives taken by the effects of Hurricane Matthew the worst effects could come from the recent outbreak of cholera. The lack of fresh water and modern sanitation has caused cholera to run rampart in rural towns such as Jeremie.  Hurricane Matthew has stopped the progress of Haiti, and has potentially halted it for years. With the effects of natural disasters to third world countries what can be done in the aftermath to help these countries?

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