Tropical storm kills 600 in Haiti

22 September 2004 | 13:35 Code : 4294 Geoscience events
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More than 600 people have died in massive floods that raged across northern Haiti after tropical storm Jeanne hit this crushingly poor Caribbean nation ...
More than 600 people have died in massive floods that raged across northern Haiti after tropical storm Jeanne hit this crushingly poor Caribbean nation over the weekend, a UN spokesman said Monday, while 18 people were killed in other Caribbean islands.
Humanitarian organizations counted some 500 bodies at a hospital in the northern town of Gonaives, which was devastated by the storm, said Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, spokesman for the United Nations stabilization mission in Haiti (Minustah).
Another 56 people were killed in Port De Paix, 18 in Chansolme, 14 in Gros-Morne, nine in Pilate and eight in Ennery, officials said.
The towns are located in the north and northwest.
Minustah officials could not find the island of 26,000 people while flying over the region by helicopter on Sunday.
Haitian authorities have declared the entire flood zone a disaster area, after Jeanne drenched the island of Hispaniola on Friday and Saturday, leaving 80 percent of Gonaives under water.


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