Isaac Death Toll Rises In Haiti & Dominican Republic
PORT-AU-PRINCE (CBSMiami) – The death toll has risen in Haiti in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac.
The storm slammed Haiti Saturday, killing at least seven people.
Haiti’s Civil Protection Office said a 51-year-old woman was killed in the southern coastal town of Marigot after a tree fell on her home. A 10-year-old girl was killed in the village of Thomazeau after a wall collapsed on her.
A third person died when he was swept away trying to cross a river in a village in northern Haiti. Government officials also said a 7-year-old boy was electrocuted.
High winds ripped apart tents and shacks people have been living in since the 2010 earthquake.
Nearly 400,000 quake victims are still living in ramshackle tent cities.
Now there are concerns that stagnant flood waters could make the nation’s ongoing cholera epidemic even worse.
The number of people evacuated due to flooding also rose. More than 14,000 people have left their homes throughout Haiti and another 13,500 people were living in temporary shelters, the Civil Protection Office reported.
Haiti’s neighbor on the Caribbean island of Hipaniola, the Dominican Republic, was also hit hard and two deaths have been reported there. Early Sunday afternoon, Dominican police reported that two men were swept away by flooded rivers that had burst their banks.
Nearly 8-thousand people were evacuated from low lying areas.
Dozens of homes were destroyed and several communities were cut off because of flooding.