08 Jun '11, 12am

Floods swamp Haiti, killing 23 - Straits Times

PORT-AU-PRINCE - TORRENTIAL rains lashed Haiti on Tuesday, flooding shanty towns, swamping the squalid camps erected after a 2010 earthquake and killing at least 23 people, officials said. The worst rains to hit the impoverished country this year - at the start of the hurricane season - paralysed the capital, where most of the deaths took place, according to officials at Haiti's civil protection agency. Thunderstorms were pounding several north Caribbean islands early on Tuesday, but there was little chance of the large low pressure area developing into a hurricane, according to the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC). Several days of rain had already swelled rivers, however, and the NHC warned of 'flash floods and mudslides over portions of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba'. Haiti was most at risk of devastation from the wet weather, due to its crumbli...

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