8 Dead, 4,500 Evacuated in Haiti Floods

Torrential rain since Friday has left northern parts of Haiti suffering sever flooding. At least 8 deaths have been reported, and 4,500 people have been forced to evacuate. Over 2,000 homes have been damaged by the flooding.

The severe weather in this region of the Caribbean has also affected Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, where one person died in floods earlier this week.

In Haiti, the worst affected areas are Grande-Rivière-du-Nord, Limonade, Limbé and Dondon, according to local authorities.

Haiti government departments are organising temporary accommodation and distributing food, bedding and water purification tablets. Authorities have also warned of possible further flooding along rivers, and potential landslides.

Flooded streets of Cap-Haitian. Photo:  Jean-Junior JOSEPH / Twitter
Flooded streets of Cap-Haitian. Photo:
Jean-Junior JOSEPH / Twitter