Apr 24, 2017

Storm leaves severe damage across Matthew-stricken Haiti and Jamaica

by
The Watchers
Photo: The Watchers
Photo: The Watchers

Heavy rains in the South Department of Haiti, heavily affected by Hurricane "Matthew" last year, caused severe damage between April 20 and 23, 2017. At least six people have lost lives, several houses were completely destroyed and at least 5 000 damaged. Heavy rains and floods also affected Jamaica, leaving at least 1 000 homes damaged.

Local authorities said Haiti's South Department was still recovering from the passage of Hurricane "Matthew" when heavy rains started on April 20. Over the next two days, fast flooding destroyed several houses and affected 5 000 in Port Salut town. Flood waters destroyed a national road bridge connecting the town with the rest of the coast of the South Department, leaving several Matthew-affected municipalities without road access. The city of Les Cayes, South Department's capital, was also flooded. 

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Heavy rains and floods have also affected the neighboring Dominican Republic and Jamaica.

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Further heavy rain has been reported over the last 24 hours, FloodList reports. Kingston recorded 64.2 mm (2.52 inches) of rain in 24 hours to April 23, and Montego Bay 63.4 mm (2.49 inches) during the same period.