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Hurricane Matthew: '1.4 million need help in Haiti'

HAITI - The devastating hurricane wiped some towns and villages off the map, the UN chief said, after pledging $120m in aid.

Haiti faces a crisis that requires a "massive response" from the international community, the United Nations has said, with at least 1.4 million people needing emergency aid after Hurricane Matthew.

The storm killed almost 1,000 people in the impoverished Caribbean nation, with that toll expected to rise as rescue workers reach previously inaccessible areas.

Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic storm since 2007, last week levelled homes, fouled water sources and killed livestock, leaving victims pleading for help to arrive quickly.
"Some towns and villages have been almost wiped off the map," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters.

The United Nations has launched a $120m flash appeal to cover Haiti's needs for the next three months.

After pummeling Haiti on October 4 as a monster Category 4 storm, packing winds