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Caritas assists flood situations in Haiti

Caritas Australia is monitoring closely the situation in Haiti where recent flash flooding and mudslides near the border of the Dominican Republic have resulted in the death of residents and the destruction of hundreds of homes.

The death toll is currently estimated at around 1800 in Haiti and more than 340 in the Dominican Republic.

The flash flooding followed many days of heavy rain on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola, which is shared by both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Thousands of people have been left homeless in these two countries.

The worst affected areas include Jimani in the Dominican Republic where at least 135 were killed as well as Mapou and Fond Verettes in Haiti where it is estimated 1000 and 158 were killed respectively.

In an effort to contain the spread of disease from decomposing bodies, authorities from the Dominican Republic have agreed to spray disinfectant over the city of Jimani.

Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue has declared the situation a disaster and is calling on help from the international community.

Haiti has a population of more than 8 million people and is considered the poorest country in the Americas. The Dominican Republic with a population of 8.5 million has a higher standard of living, yet is extremely poor in areas such as the affected city of Jimani.

Caritas assists flood situations in Haiti (Caritas Australia 28/5/04)

Caritas-Haiti Makes Plea for Flood Relief (Zenit 28/5/04)
Hunt for Haiti Flooding Victims Widens (Reuters 31/5/04)
Will Haiti be forgotten again so soon? (International Herald Tribue 31/5/04)

32 Jun 2004