Tropical storm Gustav kills 60 in Haiti

August 29th, 2008 - 1:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Mexico City, Aug 29 (Xinhua) Tropical storm Gustav has killed 60 people and injured 22 others in Haiti, authorities in the Caribbean country said Friday. Seven people has been missing since the storm pounded the country Tuesday, civil protection director Alta Jean-Baptiste told a news conference, according to reports from Port-au-Prince.

Flooding caused by heavy rain inundated farmland, houses and highways, she said, adding that most of the victims were killed in floods and mudslides.

In the neighbouring Dominican Republic, Gustav claimed eight lives, including six children.

Meanwhile, the eighth tropical storm Hanna, located some 490 km northeast of the West Indies, is moving northwest at 19 km per hour with sustained maximum winds of 65 km per hour.

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