Haiti – 2 Dead, 4 Missing After Flash Floods in Ouest Department

At least 2 people have died and 4 are missing after flash floods in Ouest department, Haiti.

The country’s Directorate of Civil Protection said the floods hit after torrential rain from 18 September, 2019.

Two fatalities were reported in Petit-Goâve in the Léogâne Arrondissement. Four people were also missing. Local authorities said flooding damaged over 250 houses and destroyed 30. Infrastructure and agriculture were also damaged.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) in Haiti reported that 350 families were affected in the localities of Percin, Belle Avenue, Bas rue Louverture, Nan Bannam, rue Geffrard, rue Pétion, Figaro, rue Benoit and rue Desvignes. As of 20 September more than 120 people were displaced and staying in temporary shelter in a local school.

The Haiti government said that food, water and sanitary kits sent to affected areas of Petit-Goâve on 21 September.

Flooding was also reported in Ganthier in the Croix-des-Bouquets Arrondissement on 18 September. Roads were blocked and traffic disrupted according to Civil Protection. Full damage assessments in Ganthier are yet to be completed.

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