PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — At least two people were killed and several houses destroyed as heavy rains associated with two surface troughs battered the south of this Caribbean Community country for the past three days.
The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) said the rains, which also affected south-west Cuba and Jamaica, caused widespread flooding and the collapse of several bridges, and caused damage to the agricultural and livestock sectors.
Many homes, especially in the city of Les Cayes, Torbeck and Port Salut, were destroyed. DPC said that the two deaths were reported in Great South.
It said that many people had been placed in camps and food had been provided for at least 500 families.
The Ministry of the Interior had called on departmental delegates and mayors of the areas affected to accompany the DPC members in carrying out the assessment of the damage.
With Haiti now in the early stages of the rainy season, the Ministry of the Interior, the DPC, the National Meteorological Centre and the Permanent Risk Management System have urged people, especially those in risk areas, to remain vigilant and to follow the safety instructions in the event of floods and landslides.