Sacks of donated rice are loaded onto a truck after being unloaded from a waiting U.S. military helicopter in the mountain village of Beaumont, near Jeremie, Haiti, Oct. 13, 2016. An international relief effort for victims of Hurricane Matthew entered a more advanced stage as a second U.S. military ship arrived off Haiti's coast and U.N. convoys and non-government organizations began reaching more isolated communities. (Photo: AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

Natural catastrophes, such as Hurricane Matthew that caused so much devastation and suffering in Haiti, can cause death and destruction wherever they strike.

Their effects are magnified in developing countries, where already limited public and private resources become severely strained, if not completely unavailable, following natural catastrophes. 

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