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Heavy rainfall hits Haiti, floods leave at least 5 people dead and 3 missing

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Heavy rainfall hit Haiti on July 3, 2019, causing deadly floods in which at least 5 people lost their lives. 3 people are still missing.

Haiti's western part has been affected by heavy rainfall on Wednesday, July 3, leading to severe urban flooding in capital Port-Au-Prince.

Torrential rains swept away and wreck at least a dozen homes and severely disrupted road networks.  

3 people were found dead in the city's impoverished Cite Soleil neighborhood, while two others were killed elsewhere in Port-au-Prince, according to Haiti's Directorate for Civil Protection (DPC)

In the town of Petionville, 3 people have been reported missing and five were seriously injured when a wall collapsed under the weight of the downpour, the Jamaica Observer reports.

Image credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS. Acquired: July 4, 2019

Emergency teams have been mobilized and the evaluation of the damage is being done. According to the president of the Haitian National Red Cross Society Jean-Yves Placide, it rained all day long and ceased Thursday morning. He added that the bad state of the sewers caused excessive flooding. 

Haiti has a delicate natural environment which is prone to catastrophe, causing immense harm to the population. 

Featured image credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS. Acquired July 4, 2019.

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