Days of heavy rains across Haiti left five dead and 10.000 houses flooded

Posted by on Saturday, November 18, 2017 Under: Weather
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Nearly a week of torrential rains in many parts of Haiti has left five people dead and more than 10.000 houses damaged, according to a preliminary report released by the Civil Protection agency. Among the victims are a woman and her three-year- old daughter who died in Port-de-Paix, while trying to cross a swollen river. Theirs as well as a 60 year old man’s body were discovered.

In the Southern Department, in Ile-a-Vache, a man and a two-year-old boy was dragged by a crescent.

The city of Les Cayes, which was devastated by hurricane Matthew last year and has still not fully recovered, was the most affected by the inclement weather. More than 10.000 homes are reportedly flooded.

Several highways and access roads are cut in at least three of the ten departments of the country, according to one governmental rescue team.

Weather conditions are not expected to improve until next week, the director of of Haitian civil protection, Jerry Chandler, call on the population to remain prudent.

"Given the persistence of rains, the level of saturation of soils, the floods and overflows of several rivers throughout the country, the civil protection directorate continues to urge the population to move away from flooded areas, rivers and cliffs. , and be prepared to evacuate if necessary, " the agency warned in its statement.

An orange alert has been decreed for the entire country due to heightened risk of flooding, flooding rivers and landslides.

Every year from June to November Haiti faces severe hurricane threats and due to lack of adequate infrastructures, main Haitian cities always suffer high human and material toll.

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