Haitian Americans in East Tennessee saddened by rising death toll after Hurricane Matthew

Mean Jean with Hot 104.5
Mean Jean with Hot 104.5

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The death toll in Haiti from hurricane Matthew has risen dramatically. Hundreds of people have been killed as a result of the catastrophic storm and Haitian Americans in East Tennessee are worried.

Mean Jean with Knoxville’s Hot 104.5 radio station is Haitian American and has been checking with family and friends in both Florida and Haiti.

“Honestly it just kind of sucks to see. It’s like man, can they catch a break over there? Luckily for us the hurricane didn’t hit where my family is,” said Mean Jean.

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That brings him relief, but he still knows the storm is challenging for others. Carlene Pochette says she hasn’t heard from her family in Haiti.

“The fact that I don’t know is deeply troubling. Right now we’re all in the dark, we have no idea what’s happening,” she said.

That is frustrating and saddening to her but despite everything that’s happening Pochette says she’s staying positive.

“My heart goes out to Haiti and I hope that my family and the other families are okay,” said Pochette.

These two know that the country is full of strong people who overcome adversity.

“They’ll rally around each other and hopefully be stronger moving forward from it,” said Jean.

The overall death toll in Haiti is not clear. There have been at least 280 reported deaths. Authorities expect the number of deaths to rise.

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