6 in Haiti die in early rainy season mudslide

March 31, 2012
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By Associated Press,

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A Haitian official says that six people have died in strong rains that destroyed their hillside homes.

Nadia Lochard of Haiti’s Civil Protection Office said Friday the five adults and one boy were killed when a mudslide crashed through their homes in the Morne Calvaire district above the capital.

The rainy season in Haiti traditionally begins in April but this year it’s come early. The capital of Port-au-Prince has been soaked nightly over the past two weeks with showers that have triggered flooding and rockslides.

The rains do little to comfort the 500,000 people who were displaced by the 2010 earthquake. They are living in hundreds of tent and tarp settlements that flood and leak in the rain.

One Response to “ 6 in Haiti die in early rainy season mudslide ”

  1. Amanda on April 1, 2012 at

    Unfortunately cholera cases rise during the rain, and Hôpital Sacré Coeur in Milot, Haiti is doing all they can to help the increase in patients…but they will need help. Hôpital Sacré Coeur is a Haitian run hospital that has visiting teams from all over the world spend a week at a time volunteering and helping the Haitian doctors. I just came back from the hospital a week ago, and it was easy to see the hospital plays a larger role to the people’s lives than just healthcare. I urge you to check them out and consider making a donation if you can…northern Haiti is depending on them.