Severe flooding hits Haitian city of Gonaives

Thousands died four years ago during a similar catastrophe in Haitian city of Gonaives.

Severe flooding hits Haitian city of Gonaives
Heavy rains triggered by Tropical Storm Hanna triggered severe flooding in the Haitian city of Gonaives, where thousands died four years ago during a similar catastrophe, the head of the Caribbean country's civil protection agency said on Tuesday.

"The city is flooded and there are parts where the water gets to 2 metres (6.5 ft)," said civil protection director Alta Jean-Baptiste. "A lot of people have been climbing onto the tops of their houses since last night to escape the flooding."

By Tuesday morning there had only been a report of one death, Jean-Baptiste said. Mudslides and similar flooding caused in 2004 by Tropical Storm Jeanne killed around 3,000 people in Gonaives.

Reuters
Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Eylül 2008, 11:26
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