One Dead as Mudslides and Heavy Rains Continue in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Rains and landslides in have left at least one person dead, dozens hurt, including five in critical condition, and several houses destroyed.

Archaie, northern of the capital Port-au-Prince, suffered heavy rains and police are asking citizens to stay alert and follow official anouncements for evacuations.

Among the people hurt during the mudslide, five have been transferred to the Albert Schweitze hospital in Deschapelles, department of Artibonite, according to officials.

The natural event also destroyed at least five houses in the neighborhood.

Emergency response institutions sent prevention messages through radio and cell phones to warn citizens of the risks and dangers that could come after strong rains on the island.

Haiti, the poorest country on the continent, is still recovering from the damages left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew as reconstruction efforts continue. When the hurricane hit in October 2016, at least 573 people died and thousands were hurt, leaving the nation vulnerable to diseases and causing massive internal displacement.

The country also suffered a catastrophic 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which destroyed a large portion of Port-au-Prince on January 12, 2010. Tens of thousands of people lost their lives and more than 1 million people were displaced during the earthquake.

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