At least 42 dead, thousands homeless after floods in Haiti - GulfToday

At least 42 dead, thousands homeless after floods in Haiti


Cars and trucks are stranded near Port-au-Prince, Haiti during heavy rains. AFP

Flooding from torrential rains in Haiti has left at least 42 people dead over the past couple days and dozens more missing and injured, officials said on Monday.

Over 13,600 homes are also listed as flooded.

The civil protection agency said on Twitter on Monday the death toll had risen since Sunday night after floods over the weekend hit various parts of the country, including near the capital Port-au-Prince.

"My government, together with national and international institutions, is adopting urgent measures to meet the demands of the day," Prime Minister Ariel Henry said in a government statement on Sunday.

More than 7,400 families reported damage, with officials still assessing the impact of the rains that deluged Haiti on Saturday.


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Aid agencies have been delivering food to displaced persons as civil protection officials warned over the weekend that the agricultural sector in parts of the country had been hard hit.

The rains also caused significant damage to crops in Haiti’s central region at a time when starvation is deepening.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he was working with local and international organisations to respond to the needs of those affected by the floods.

Associated Press




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