At least five dead following Haiti downpour

At least five dead following Haiti downpour

A boy repairs his damaged house after a landslide in Port-au-Prince
A boy repairs his damaged house after a landslide in Port-au-Prince. (AFP/CHANDAN KHANNA)

PORT-AU-PRINCE: At least five people were killed and three are missing in Haiti after a torrential downpour buffeted the capital of Port-au-Prince, the country's civil protection agency said on Wednesday (Jul 3).

Three people were found dead in the city's impoverished Cite Soleil neighborhood, while two others were killed elsewhere in Port-au-Prince.

In the busy hillside neighbourhood of Petionville, three people went missing and five were seriously injured when a wall collapsed under the weight of the downpour.

On Wednesday, heavy equipment was rolled out across the capital to clear mud and debris, while officials warned residents in flood-prone areas to remain on alert.

Employees of Haiti's Ministry of Public Works help clean up mud and debris
Employees of Haiti's Ministry of Public Works help clean up mud and debris following a landslide in Port-au-Prince. (AFP/CHANDAN KHANNA)

"There are unstable weather conditions prevailing in the Caribbean basin, and rain and thunderstorm activity could hit the country over the next two days," Haiti's civil protection agency said.

Heavy rain causes unusual damage in Haiti's main cities due to a lack of proper drainage infrastructure.

A woman sells toys at the site of a landslide in Port-au-Prince
A woman sells toys at the site of a landslide in Port-au-Prince. (AFP/CHANDAN KHANNA)

Some of the country's poorest residents also build flimsy homes along canals and gullies that easily become clogged with waste when it rains.

Every year Haiti has to prepare for potentially catastrophic storms during the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from Jun 1 through Nov 30. However due to a complete lack of urban planning, even heavy rain is enough to threaten lives across the country.

Source: AFP/de

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