A woman gets out of a house destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Cavaillon, Haiti Reuters

At least 269 people have been killed and thousands displaced after hurricane Matthew lashed Haiti on 4 October.

Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic tropical storm in almost a decade, heavily bore down on Haiti, with gust speed of 145 mph, after gathering strength while spinning across the Caribbean Sea.

People mostly died in fishing villages along the southwest coast and in towns and more than 300,000 people are in shelters across the country. According to BBC news, around 80 percent buildings were levelled in the peninsula's main city, Jeremie. Several parts of the countries also faced severe power cuts.

Rescue operations in Haiti, which is still recovering from the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, were hit hard because of the remoteness of the terrain and the impoverished condition of the state.

According to CNN, the UN secretary-general's deputy special representative for Haiti, Mourad Wahba, described the hurricane as the "largest humanitarian event" since the earthquake.

The Straits Times reported that the Pan American Health Organisation is preparing itself for possible cholera surge in Haiti as the flooding is likely to contaminate other water supplies.

Have a look at the mass scale destruction caused by the category 4 hurricane:

Destroyed houses and boats are seen in a village after Hurricane Matthew passes Corail, Haiti Reuters
A worker for an electricity company fixes a power line affected by Hurricane Matthew on the outskirts of Les Cayes, Haiti Reuters
People try to rebuild their destroyed houses after Hurricane Matthew passes Jeremie, Haiti Reuters
People try to clean the mud at their partially destroyed house after Hurricane Matthew passed Jeremie, Haiti Reuters
Workers bury two bodies after Hurricane Matthew passes Jeremie, Hai Reuters
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Destroyed houses are seen in a village after Hurricane Matthew passes Corail, Hait Reuters