Monday, May 31, 2004

Hti-DR: Flood relief

Rescue teams are scrambling to get food, clean water and first-aid kits to survivors in flood-ravaged regions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Flash floods have killed more than 900 people in the two countries and many more are missing as rain still falls.

The number of dead has continued to rise, with another two dozen bodies found in the Dominican town of Jimani.

About 300 bodies have been found in the Haitian town of Mapou, under so much water it has been described as a lake.

The race is on to recover corpses floating in the water to stop disease spreading throughout the region.
Aid workers say that up to 1,500 people are still missing in the Haitian village of Mapou, one of the areas worst affected by Caribbean flooding.

Tonnes of aid were airlifted to Mapou on Sunday, but rescue workers say they are struggling to reach survivors in other remote areas.

Continuing rain is also hampering their efforts.

At least 2,000 people are known to have died or disappeared in severe flooding in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

On Saturday an earthquake of magnitude 4.4 struck the border area between the two countries, compounding problems further.
You can contribute to the relief effort for Haiti and the Dominican Republic by giving to Lutheran World Relief, World Vision, Batey Relief Alliance, or to Haiti Democracy Project.

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