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Floods in Haiti

March 2, 2010

The rainy season approaches in Haiti – and rains have come even earlier than expected in the city of Les Cayes (in the southeast of Haiti) – which was not directly affected by the earthquake, but its population grew after as survivors relocated across Haiti.

At least eight people have been killed in floods triggered by heavy rain in Haiti, officials have said.

The deaths occurred in or near the southeastern port city of Les Cayes which was swamped by more than 1.5m (5ft) of water.

Officials said buildings affected included a hospital and a prison where more than 400 inmates were evacuated.

About a million Haitians are still homeless following January’s earthquake which killed up to 230,000 people.

The floods have come several weeks ahead of Haiti’s traditional rainy season.

“The situation is grave… whole areas are completely flooded. People have climbed on to the roofs of their homes,” local senator Francky Exius told AFP news agency.

See complete article BBC Caribbean 28 Feb 2010

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  1. March 2, 2010 3:04 pm

    Haiti must be reforested. They need the gift of trees. And we in the Bahamas should take heed and stop cutting down the last of our trees.

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