5 Dead, 19 Missing after Haiti Rains, Flooding: Officials

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Five people were killed and 19 went missing after torrential rains and flooding hit Haiti, its Department of Civil Protection said on Thursday.

5 Dead, 19 Missing after Haiti Rains, Flooding: Officials

Streams, rivers and ravines overflowed causing the casualties and some damage to infrastructure, the government authority said in a statement, Reuters reported.

Nineteen fishermen were missing from two towns in the coastal Grande-Anse region of southern Haiti, it said, adding that in the same region 322 people were staying in shelters and 20 people sought shelter in the Nord-Ouest department.

Haiti has been grappling with a heavy rainy season this year and is recovering from Category-4 Hurricane Matthew, which devastated much of the country's southwest last October.

The impoverished nation is in a hurricane-prone area and is especially susceptible to natural disasters because of poor infrastructure and a lack of government resources.

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