Five dead in Haiti storm: Officials

Strong winds blew roofs off houses and toppled power lines in Port-au-Prince.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 12:59 PM IST

Port-au-Prince: Stormy weather that has lashed the Haitian capital left five people dead and inflicted damage in camps for people left homeless by a January earthquake, authorities said on Friday.

Strong winds blew roofs off houses, uprooted trees and toppled power lines in Port-au-Prince.

"A first evaluation has led us to count five deaths in refugee camps where tens of thousands of homeless" living from the powerful January 12 quake, the head of communications for the Haitian Civil Protection, Edgard Celestin, said.
"The wind has destroyed and damaged many tents in refugee camps on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince," said Celestin, who said that hundreds of camp residents were getting ready to evacuate.

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