Hurricane Ike claims 39 lives in HaitiSeptember 8th, 2008 - 8:37 am ICT by IANS
Port-au-Prince, Sep 8 (DPA) Hurricane Ike, with wind speeds of 215 km an hour, was blamed for the deaths of 39 people in Haiti, the Haiti Press news agency reported.Heavy rains Saturday and early Sunday were blamed for the death of 39 people who drowned in the town of Cabaret, 35 km north of the capital of Port-au-Prince.
Ike brought the Brettell river to overflowing, flooding the entire city. Many corpses were found in homes, where people sought refuge from rising waters.
The new deaths brought to 250 the number of Haitians who have died over the past two weeks from hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike.
Many areas, including the northern town of Gonaives, have been virtually cut off from relief supplies after the previous storms destroyed bridges.