Port-Au-Prince - Widespread flooding and mudslides have killed 1 105 people, officials said on Thursday, while 1 250 people remain missing after Haiti was lashed by Tropical Storm Jeanne.
The death toll could surpass 2 000, according to one civil defence official.
Gonaives, the city hardest-hit by the flooding, has lost at least 1 013 people. Authorities there have buried corpses in common graves. And close to 100 Haitians have died in other areas of this Caribbean nation.
Haiti Poverty And Tragedy – Our Caribbean
Friday 24, September-2004
by Rickey Singh
THIS WEEK’s grisly, soul-wrenching scenes of hundreds of floating corpses and livestock from Haiti’s latest nightmare of death, missing people and colossal destruction resulting from mudslides and floodwaters, must serve to remind our region and the world of the terrible consequences of chronic poverty in this and other poor regions.
The national disaster, particularly in the heavily populated northern city of Gonaives, was quickly associated with tropical storm Jeanne that lashed the poverty-stricken Caribbean state at the weekend.
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