Tue | Dec 12, 2017

3 killed in Haiti as Hurricane Maria related rains lash country

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 1:15 PM
A pile-up of debris in Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. – Contributed Photo

Three people were killed yesterday in Haiti as heavy rains associated with the powerful Hurricane Maria lashed sections of the country.

The police report that a 45-year-old man drowned as he attempted to cross the Grand Ravine river.

They say two people in the district of Cornillon were killed by lightning.

The authorities reported that just over 33 shelters were opened in the Artibonite department in the western end of the country as flooding was reported in some areas.

As a precaution, the authorities announced that schools located in departments of North, North-East and North-West would be closed today.

This morning, Hurricane Maria was approaching the Turks and Caicos Islands as a Category three storm.

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre says Maria’s eye will move near or just east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and southeastern of The Bahamas today.

The government of The Bahamas has now issued a tropical storm warning for the country, while a hurricane warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas.

A Tropical storm warning is in effect for sections of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the central Bahamas.

The storm has already carved a destructive path across the Caribbean, killing at least 13 people in Puerto Rico, 15 in Dominica where 20 are still missing, and two on the French island of Guadeloupe.