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Hispaniola struck by heavy floods

Earth News
Dominican Republic
March 27, 2007

Heavy flooding has left at least 11 people dead and affected many others. Officials estimate that more than 4,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in both countries. In Haiti, hundreds of houses in the capital, Port-au-Prince, have been flooded following several days of heavy rain. At least eight people died in Haiti and three in the Dominican Republic after unexpectedly heavy rain, that started on Sunday, lashed the Caribbean island that the two countries share. Mudslides have destroyed dozens of houses and left more than 400 families homeless in Haiti alone. Most of the homeless will be people who lived in very low-quality housing which could not withstand the strong winds and rain. Local radio stations are warning people against crossing the swollen rivers and are advising people to get themselves and their livestock to higher ground. More rain was predicted for late Tuesday and early today.
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