Tropical Storm Isaac kills 24 in Haiti, Dom. Rep.
Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:1AM
Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste of the Haitian Civil Protection Office added that 14,375 people have been evacuated, of whom 13,561 are in shelters.Severe weather and heavy downpours hit the country on Saturday, causing a flood in which hundreds of houses were destroyed and thousands of people forced to flee their homes. Five people were also killed in the neighbouring Dominican Republic. Haiti is prone to flooding and mudslides since most parts of the country are deforested and rainwater rushes down from the barren mountainsides. Tropical Storm Isaac is now heading in the direction of Louisiana and other US states on the Gulf of Mexico. NT/HGL