Haiti - FLASH : More than 10,000 houses flooded, at least 5 dead
The Permanent Secretariat for Risk Management (SPGRD), in conjunction with the Hydro Meteorological Unit (UHM), have maintained the orange alert phase for heavy rain, launched on Wednesday because of the dangers of flood, landslide that weigh on all parts of the country.
According to the weather forecast, showers will continue to hit several departments locally on Thursday night, as well as Friday and Saturday.
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In the last 48 hours, at least 10,000 homes have been flooded, according to the first assessment reports of the Civil Protection, especially in the city of Les Cayes and Maniche. In the Nippes, the commune of Baradères is partially flooded. Several sections of roads are damaged and roads are cut in the Nippes, South and North-West. In this department, a man in his sixties died drowned in the Desgranges River. A woman in her fifties and a three-year-old girl also perished, carried by the waters to Port-de-Paix, in the communal section of Pointe.
Some roads in the Northwest, as far as Turtle Island, are difficult to access because of several erosion cases and runoff. The Henne Bay and Anse Rouge axis is practically cut at the height of Ti Paradis, while that linking Jean Rabel and Port-de-Paix is cut off in various places. Public transportation, school and commercial activities are paralyzed throughout the department.
In the South, an adult on Ile à Vache and a 2-year-old child in Les Cayes died drowned, washed away by floods. Several areas of downtown Les Cayes are flooded. Several streets have become impassable due to rising water levels on Boulevard des Quatre chemins and others have been damaged. The sea is up and several ravines and rivers, the South Ravine and the Torbeck River are in flood.
In Torbeck, traffic is obstructed at the Coquette bridge at the entrance of the city Alluvium clutter several arteries of the downtown area of Vieux-Bourg d'Aquin and these communal sections make access difficult. The road is cut between Les Cayes and Camp-Perrin.
Moreover, an all-terrain vehicle was almost washed away on Thursday afternoon by the floods of the Ti Penn River in Bainet (Southeast). The occupants have had time to evacuate and are safe and sound. The car was stuck in the riverbed.
Given the persistence of rain, the level of soil saturation, floods and overflows of several rivers across the country, the Directorate of Civil Protection of the Ministry of the Interior continues to ask the population to move away flooded areas, streams and cliffs, but also to be prepared to evacuate if necessary.