Toll goes past 30 in Haiti tropical storm: Report

August 18th, 2008 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, Aug 18 (DPA) The toll in the tropical storm Fay in Haiti was feared to be much higher than the official account, the internet edition of the French paper Le Nouvelliste said Monday. On Sunday, Haitian officials had put the number of deaths at seven.

But since then some 30 persons were missing after the lorry they were being transported in toppled over in a raging river, the paper reported, citing officials.

Civil defence official Marie Alta Jean Baptiste said that the Red Cross was treating 12 wounded, but those survivors spoke of some 30 further passengers having been on board the lorry. So far those passengers had not been located.

Besides the casualties, tropical storm Fay destroyed or damaged dozens of houses.

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