PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Saturday November 10, 2012 – At least 10 people were reported killed after heavy rains battered the north of the island earlier this week, Haiti’s Protection Office (HPO) has said.
The HPO said that most of those killed died in the port city of Cap-Haitien when flood waters crashed through their homes and swept them away. One person died after his house collapsed.
The latest tragedy comes less than three weeks after heavy rains associated with the passage of Hurricane Sandy late October killed 54 people and caused widespread destruction to agriculture in a country that is still recovering from a powerful earthquake in 2010 that killed an estimated 300,000 people and left more than a million others homeless.
Aid officials say that rains bring significant damage to the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country that is prone to flooding and mudslides as a result of the island being heavily deforested. (CMC)