[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

29616: Craig (news) Haiti Floods Kill 3, Wash Away Roads (fwd)

From:  Dan Craig

December 5, 2006
Haiti Floods Kill 3, Wash Away Roads
Filed at 1:25 p.m. ET

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Floods triggered by nearly two weeks of heavy rain have washed away roads and bridges, wiped out crops and killed at least three people in western Haiti, the International Red Cross said Tuesday.

The destruction has been most severe in the rural departments of Grande Anse and Nippes, along the impoverished Caribbean nation's vulnerable southwestern peninsula. Flooding has also affected the northwestern town of Port-de-Paix.

Haitian Red Cross workers have been providing first aid to injured residents and moving flood-stricken villagers to temporary shelters, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said.

The Geneva-based group said it has asked donors for $522,800 to buy hygiene kits, water, blankets and mosquito nets for 17,500 people affected by flooding.

The rain began Nov. 22, unleashing flash floods that killed livestock, damaged two hospitals and isolated many remote villages in the heavily deforested country.

In August, Hurricane Ernesto washed away wooden shacks and killed at least two people along Haiti's peninsula.