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29616: Craig (news) Haiti Floods Kill 3, Wash Away Roads (fwd)
From: Dan Craig
December 5, 2006
Haiti Floods Kill 3, Wash Away Roads
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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
In August, Hurricane Ernesto washed away wooden shacks and killed at least two
people along Haiti's peninsula.