Five killed in Haiti flooding


A girl plays in the rain in a neighborhood of Delmas 4, Port-au-Prince, on November 14, 2017.

PORT-AU-PRINCE - Floods caused by two days of torrential rains have left five people dead in Haiti and more than 10,000 homes inundated, authorities said on Thursday.

Among the victims was a woman in her fifties and a three-year-old girl who were swept away as they tried to cross a rain-swollen river in Port-de-Paix in the northwest.

The body of a man in his sixties also was recovered in the same region, the civil protection agency said in a statement giving a preliminary summary of the toll.

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In southern Haiti, a man drowned on the island of Vache and a two-year-old died in flooding in Cayes, Haiti&39;s third largest city.

Cayes was particularly hard hit: the city&39;s assistant mayor said more than 10,000 houses there were inundated.

Rescue workers reported that numerous roads were cut off in at least three of Haiti&39;s 10 departments.

Jerry Chandler, Haiti&39;s civil protection chief, called on people to exercise caution, warning that weather conditions would not improve before the weekend.