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1er septembre 2003

PORT-AU-PRINCE, 1er sept (AFP) - Douze personnes ont trouvé la mort et vingt quatre sont portées disparues en Haïti à la suite de violentes inondations qui ont touché vendredi la ville de Saint-Marc, à une centaine de km au nord de Port-au-Prince, a annoncé lundi la direction de la Protection civile haïtienne.

Quelque 70 personnes ont été blessées au cours de ces intempéries, a-t-on précisé de même source. Près de 800 familles sont sans-abri.

Selon le bilan de la Protection civile, au moins 75 maisons ont été détruites et 250 endommagées.

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Flood victims try to save some of their belongings in the river in St. Marc after torrential rains burst river banks, sweeping away at least eight peopleand destroying dozens of flimsy riverside shacks in this west-coast city of Haiti on Saturday Aug. 30,2003. (AP Photo/ Daniel Morel)
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A flood victim pours mud water out of his house in St. Marc after torrential rains burst river banks, sweeping away at least eight people and destroying dozens of flimsy riverside shacks in this west-coast city of Haiti on Saturday Aug. 30, 2003.( AP Photo/Daniel Morel)
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A boy walks outside the remains of his house in St. Marc after torrential rains burst river banks, sweeping away at least eight people and destroying dozens of flimsy riverside shacks in this west-coast city of Haiti on Saturday Aug. 30, 2003.( AP Photo/Daniel Morel)
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Women carry water in buckets in St. Marc after torrential rains burst river banks, sweeping away at least eight people die and destroying dozens of flimsy riverside shacks in this west-coast city in Haiti, on Saturday Aug. 30, 2003.( AP Photo/ Daniel Morel)

Weekend flood in St. Marc leaves 11 dead, 24 missing

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Torrential rains that burst river banks and flooded Haiti’s west-coast city of St. Marc last week left 11 dead and 24 missing, civil defense officials said Monday.

Most of the damage occurred along a 1-mile (2-kilometer) stretch of the Grande Riviere, which flows through the city about 44 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Rains on Friday pelted the west-central Artibonite District where treeless hills were unable to absorb the water.

Streams and rivers swelled and gushed toward seaside St. Marc. The Grande Riviere burst its banks, with raging waters tearing away the flimsy tin-roofed shacks built on the banks.

Some 75 houses were destroyed and 250 damaged, government civil defense director Yolene Surena said.

The bodies of many of the missing may not be found, since they may have been swept out to sea, she said.

The government has created a 1 million gourde (US$25,000) emergency fund to supply food to the flood victims, Surena said.

Haiti remains the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere with most people surviving on less than US$1 a day.

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Flood victims try to save some of their belongings in the river in St. Marc after torrential rains burst river banks, sweeping away at least eight peopleand destroying dozens of flimsy riverside shacks in this west-coast city of Haiti on Saturday Aug. 30,2003. (AP Photo/ Daniel Morel)
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A flood victim pours mud water out of his house in St. Marc after torrential rains burst river banks, sweeping away at least eight people and destroying dozens of flimsy riverside shacks in this west-coast city of Haiti on Saturday Aug. 30, 2003.( AP Photo/Daniel Morel)
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A boy walks outside the remains of his house in St. Marc after torrential rains burst river banks, sweeping away at least eight people and destroying dozens of flimsy riverside shacks in this west-coast city of Haiti on Saturday Aug. 30, 2003.( AP Photo/Daniel Morel)
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Women carry water in buckets in St. Marc after torrential rains burst river banks, sweeping away at least eight people die and destroying dozens of flimsy riverside shacks in this west-coast city in Haiti, on Saturday Aug. 30, 2003.( AP Photo/ Daniel Morel)

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