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iciHaiti - Environment : Torrential rains leave 4 dead and 2 missing in Haiti
21/11/2023 08:37:59

iciHaiti - Environment : Torrential rains leave 4 dead and 2 missing in Haiti
Torrential rains that hit several regions of Haiti in recent days caused the death of four people, and two others disappeared, while 420 homes were flooded, the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) reported on Monday.

Three of the deaths occurred in the southern region of the country and the fourth in the southeast, while the missing were in the department of Grand'Anse, also in the south, after a river flooded, according to information that point out that most of the victims were trying to reach flooded rivers.

The heavy rains that fell in several municipalities in the country and the gusts of wind considerably affected the agricultural sector in places, notably in the large agricultural plain of La Hatte, in Grand'Anse, as well as urban and municipal infrastructure.

The health sector fears a new outbreak of water-borne diseases in certain areas affected by flooding such as Beaumont, in Grand'Anse, Baradères, in the south of Haiti, and in the lower part of the city of Miragoâne, in Nippes, also in the south of the country.

Landslides and devastated fields were also reported in Grand'Anse, where banana plantations suffered considerable damage, as well as in Nippes, Sud, in the south, and Nord-Ouest, in the northwest.

Traffic remains difficult in the center of Port-de-Paix, in the north of Haiti, due to the accumulation of mud and silt in the streets. On the other hand, the Chardonnières communal cemetery (south) was flooded and several graves were destroyed or damaged.

The DPC recommends that drainage and cleaning works, particularly sewers, be carried out urgently in the main urban areas of the country. Likewise, she stressed that it is necessary to mobilize material and financial resources to inform the population and carry out a specific campaign until the end of the hurricane season, which ends at the end of November, and to continue to monitor hydrometeorological phenomena and to inform the population if necessary.

On the Dominican side, the heavy rains that fell over the past few days caused the death of at least 21 people, including 3 Haitians, according to the Emergency Operations Center (COE) of the neighboring country. Nadége Joseph and Boniel Dovieli in the collapse of a wall at Avenue 27 de Febrero / Maximo Gomez, and Witberson François in Barrio Norte, Las Maras, Santo Domingo Norte.

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