- Title: HAITI: RESCUE EFFORTS CONTINUE AS FLOOD DEATHS REACH ONE THOUSAND
- Date: 25th September 2004
- Summary: (W5) PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI (SEPTEMBER 23, 2004)(REUTERS) 1. SCU UNITED NATIONS FLAG 0.03 2. SLV UN WORKERS WITH AID SUPPLIES 0.07 3. WORKERS PUTTING SUPPLIES ON UN TRUCK 4. UN TRUCK CONVOY LEAVING 0.28 5. (SOUNDITE)(English) MICAELA AMEDE, PRESIDENT OF HAITIAN RED CROSS: "We believe that there is the definite possibility of epidemics in the near future. The water is stagnated and the sewers are broken and there are dead bodies of people and animals are still in the water." 0.49 (W5) GONAIVES, HAITI (SEPTEMBER 22, 2004)(REUTERS) 6. SLV GONAIVES 7. WATER RUNNING IN THE STREET 8. TURNED OVER TRUCK ON A FLOODED STREET 9. TRACTORS CLEANING ACCESS ROADS 10. VARIOUS OF WOMEN WASHING CLOTHES IN DIRTY WATER 11. VARIOUS OF HOMELESS PEOPLE IN SCHOOL SHELTER 12. PEOPLE WAITING IN LINE FOR WATER 13. VARIOUS, PEOPLE GETTING BAGS OF RICE 1.57 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: PORT AU PRINCE/GONAIVES, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
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- Story Text: Rescue efforts continue in Haiti as flood deaths
reach 1,000 and hundreds more are missing.
Aid workers are battling to avert a humanitarian
disaster in Haiti on Thursday (September 23, 2004) after
tropical storm Jeanne devastated the country, claiming
an estimated 2,000 lives.
Widespread flooding has crippled the region and prime
minister Gerard Latortue has warned of serious outbreaks of
Despite difficulty in getting to parts of Haiti, Oxfam
is concentrating efforts on setting up supplies of clean
water for survivors whose homes and livelihoods have been
destroyed by the storm.
Aid agencies believe that the death toll is certain to
rise as more than 1,000 people remain missing and
decomposed bodies continue to float to the surface in
"The water is stagnated and the sewers are broken and
there are dead bodies of people and animals are still in
the water," said Haitian Red Cross President Micaela
The north west town of Gonaives has been worst hit,
with an estimated 80% of the area under water. A government
official said 1,013 of the 1,072 bodies recovered were in
It is feared that the situation in Haiti could be
worsened if the country is hit by the incoming tropical
Oxfam yesterday sent water engineers and a food security
expert to assess the extent of the damage and has set aside
50,000 of funds.
The charity said that contaminated water supplies were a
grave threat to health and confirmed that fields of crops
had also been destroyed.
Flood waters are receding and aid workers hope that the
distribution of clean water will begin in the next few
days. The lack of food and clean drinking water were among
the greatest problems.
The UN World Food Programme has estimated that around
175,000 people are without food, water and electricity.
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