At least 42 dead and 19,000 left homeless after torrential rains spark flooding in Haiti

The death toll from the heavy floods that hit Haiti over the weekend has risen to 42, with another 11 people missing.

At least 85 people were left injured, and more than 13,600 homes were flooded, forcing people to evacuate and leaving 19,000 people homeless, according to Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency.

The rains pelted Haiti’s western, northwestern, southeastern, and central regions, officials said.

At least 42 dead and 19,000 left homeless after torrential rains spark flooding�in�Haiti

The World Food Programme said tens of thousands of people have been affected, with the greatest damage reported in Port-au-Prince’s metropolitan area and in Haiti’s western region.

‘A significant weather-induced event of this level so early in the hurricane season…raises concerns about the ability to provide a sustained response should extreme weather incidents continue to occur,’ the agency warned.

At least 42 dead and 19,000 left homeless after torrential rains spark flooding�in�Haiti

The country’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry has said he has asked for international help. 
 

‘My government, together with national and international institutions, is adopting urgent measures to meet the demands of the day,’ Prime Minister Henry said in a government statement

Aid agencies have been delivering food to those displaced from their homes as civil protection officials warned over the weekend that the agricultural sector in parts of the country had been hard hit.

The rains coincide with the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June to November.

‘Even before the landslides and flooding, half the population of Haiti was in need of humanitarian assistance,’ Stéphane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres told reporters.

‘We urge donors to scale up the support for the country’s Humanitarian Response Plan, which is sadly only 20 percent funded, and it is an appeal for $720 million.

At least 42 dead and 19,000 left homeless after torrential rains spark flooding�in�Haiti

‘Even before the landslides and flooding, half the population of Haiti was in need of humanitarian assistance,’ he said. ‘We urge donors to scale up the support for the country’s Humanitarian Response Plan, which is sadly only 20 percent funded, and it is an appeal for $720 million.’


Jean-Martin Bauer, World Food Progam’s country director and Haiti’s acting humanitarian coordinator, said although this isn’t a cyclone or tropical storm that battered Haiti, ‘considerable damage’ has been observed in the affected areas.

‘WFP has the capacity to respond to this emergency, but a significant weather induced event of this level so early in the hurricane season, which generally runs from June to November each year, raises concerns about the ability to provide a sustained response should extreme weather incidents continue to occur,’ the agency said in a statement.