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.
My heart absolutely breaks for Haiti !!! Prayers up for my brothers and sisters who've fallen victim to this tragic event!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 5, 2016
Prayers for everyone being affected by #HurricaneMatthew…
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) October 6, 2016
Sending all my love to everyone being affected by #HurricaneMatthew
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 6, 2016
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those in Haiti affected by #HurricaneMatthew. For those in its path, please stay safe. ❤
— Eve (@TheRealEve) October 6, 2016
Sending prayers up. #HurricaneMatthew
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) October 5, 2016