Thursday, June 9, 2011

Haiti ravaged by 7 day torrential rain

-at least 25 killed

At least 25 people have been killed and several more are still missing after seven days of heavy rain and flooding in Haiti.

Haiti floods
Seven days of torrential rain has caused flooding in Haiti
Most of the deaths have been in the country's capital city Port au Prince, as incessant rainfall flooded streets, toppled trees and swept away homes.
The crisis has been worsened by the fact that tens of thousands of people are still living in tents and temporary accommodation following the January 2010 earthquake.
Aid groups now fear the wet weather could worsen the country's cholera outbreak, which has killed 5,300 since October.
Two people died as waters swept through their tent camp and two children were buried when their home collapsed, officials said.
People have also been killed in Petionville, a hillside city south-east of Port au Prince. In one incident, a concrete house slid down a ravine and crashed into several smaller homes.
Bus in Haiti
Rainfall has flooded streets in Port au Prince, the capital city
Jean Wildor Charutis, 53, said his older sister and a niece died in the large house that plunged down the ravine.
"There was so much rain it shook the house," he said as he and government rescue workers searched for survivors.
The storm system has saturated much of the Caribbean in recent days, with flooding reported in the neighbouring Dominican Republic as well as in Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Authorities have reported two deaths in the Dominican Republic and one in Jamaica to the weather.
Michel Davison, of the International Desk of the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, said Haiti would see more rain on Wednesday, but should get a much-needed reprieve later the week.

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