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Heavy rains in Haiti claim six lives

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM

At least six people have died and several thousand homes flooded as Haiti’s rainy season continues to bring suffering on the people of this French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

The Directorate of Civil Protection and Interior Ministry said the rains have also resulted in 245 families being relocated and 8,379 homes being flooded as a result of overflowing rivers in recent days.

Three of the deaths occurred in Cite Soleil, a district of Port-au-Prince and three others in Delmas, and Carrefour.

Interior Minister Ariel Henry said the district of Grand Anse in the south is also worrisome because it has been raining since March 30.

Resulting in more than 390 homes being flooded with 16 being totally destroyed.

"We have taken steps to mobilise resources to help the affected populations," Henry said, urging people residing in vulnerable areas to be vigilant to prevent other human and material losses.

The rains come at a time when Haiti is still dealing with the outbreak of Cholera that has resulted in 8,000 deaths and 750,000 cases since 2010.

Since December last year, 86 people are reported to have died from the disease which thrives in water.