Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and More Send Prayers to Haiti, Hurricane Matthew Victims
The BBC reports that Hurricane Matthew has left more than 300 dead in Haiti, officials say. The most powerful storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade, some 50 people were reported killed in the town of Roche-a-Bateau alone, and in the nearby city of Jeremie, 80 percent of its buildings were destroyed. In Sud province, 30,000 homes were destroyed.
Trees and power lines were hit in the Bahamas but no fatalities were reported, according to the BBC. The monster storm has now hit Florida, leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, artists have canceled concerts in affected areas, and many have reached out to Haiti, specifically with prayers. The country was rocked just six years ago, in 2010 when a earthquake hit, killing over 230,000 people.
“Haiti is facing the largest humanitarian event witnessed since the earthquake six years ago,” said Mourad Wahba, the UN special representative for Haiti, as quoted in USA Today.
Many celebrities have reached out on social media, sending their prayers and encouragement in the wake of the storm, including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott. Take a look at some of the posts below.