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Death toll in Haiti rises to 600

Posted Tue, 21 Sep 2004

The death toll in Haiti has risen to about 600 after Tropical Storm Jeanne triggered floods as it swept across the island of Hispaniola over the weekend, officials said on Monday.

Some 500 people were killed in the northern town of Gonaives, said Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, spokesperson for the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti.

Another 56 people were killed in the town of Port de Paix in the northwest.

Haitian authorities have declared the entire flood zone a disaster area, after Jeanne drenched the island of Hispaniola on Friday and on Saturday, leaving 80 percent of Gonaives under water.

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