Haiti – FLASH : Floods, at least 3 dead, hundreds of victims (partial assessment)
The torrential rains caused by the passage of a frontal system that have hit Haiti for at least three days, have so far affected 4 departments. At least 3 people have lost their lives, 3 others are missing and extensive damage is reported in several departments.
Floods and river overflows have been recorded in the Center, North, North-East and North-West and several communes are affected by flooding.
One person lost his life to Jean-Rabel and 149 houses flooded. President Jovenel Moïse visited the affected families and declared “I visited the affected families following the flood in Jean-Rabel. On this occasion, I spoke with the city authorities including the mayoress, members of the civil protection. […] I asked the Prime Minister to issue instructions to the Ministers of the Interior and of Social Affairs in order to come to the aid of some sixty affected families […] “
2 deaths have been confirmed in the commune of Bois de Lance (North) and 3 other people are missing in the department. More than 1,270 houses were flooded in the communes of Terrier-Rouge, Caracol and Trou-du-Nord (North-East)… Interventions mobilizing volunteers from Civil Protection made it possible to shelter 137 families in Terrier-Rouge and Caracol.
Heavy rains affected several main streets in the city of Cap Haitien and the districts of Blue-Hills, Haut du Cap, Petite Anse, Charrier, Zo-Vincent Cité du Peuple, Fort Saint Michel, Bas-Champin were flooded. A shelter that has been activated in Cap Haitien houses around 85 people. The departmental directorates of Civil Protection partially activated their emergency operations centers.
The rain episodes continue and threaten to spread to the rest of the country on Tuesday, April 6, according to the bulletin of the Hydrometeorological Unit.