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Baltimore relief workers lend a hand to hurricane victims in Haiti

Relief workers at Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore have been attempting to identify the extent of the damage in Haiti and the amount of relief that is needed. (WBFF)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- Relief workers at Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore have been attempting to identify the extent of the damage in Haiti and the amount of relief that is needed.

“If you think about the Louisiana floods and how long it took to reach people there, and we’re talking about Haiti, it’s a much more challenging country,” said Carolyn Burker-Villena, coordinator with Lutheran World Relief.

The organization has been Skyping with workers on the ground in Haiti to better gauge the extent of the damage. However, communication is difficult.

“Internet is not working, their phones are not working, so it’s a matter of figuring out how to contact people,” she said.

The organization estimates that some 300,000 people in Haiti are in need of some type of help after Hurricane Matthew swept through the country this week and killed at least 19 people.

The devastation has forced Haitian leaders to postpone this Sunday's presidential election, marking the fourth time it has been delayed.

Joseph Geffrard of Columbia has been trying to get in touch with his relatives in the country.

"Cell phone communication has been rather difficult," he said, though he remained optimistic. "They're survivors, and I feel like we're gonna get through this."

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