Tropical Storm Isaac has killed 24 people in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in three days. The tropical storm hit the island of Hispaniola, where the two countries are located, on Saturday. On Monday, the death toll from the storm rose to 19 in Haiti, with 22 people injured and several reported missing, according to a Haitian official.
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