Death toll rises to 42 as Haiti struggles to recover from floods

Port-au-Prince, June 6 (BNA): The authorities said today, Monday, that the death toll from the heavy floods that hit Haiti at the end of last week has risen to 42, with 11 others missing.

At least 85 people have been injured, and more than 13,600 homes have been flooded, forcing people to evacuate, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency.

The Associated Press reported that the rains fell in the western, northwest, southeastern and central regions of Haiti.

The weather has since improved, but many crops have been damaged amid mounting famine, and people are trying to find temporary shelters after rain turns roads into gushing rivers of brown water.

The World Food Program said tens of thousands of people have been affected, with the greatest amount of damage recorded in the capital region of Port-au-Prince and the western region of Haiti.

“A significant weather event of this level so early in the hurricane season raises concerns about the ability to provide a sustainable response if severe weather events continue to occur,” the agency warned.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he had asked for international help.


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