Five killed in torrential downpour in Haiti

(CNS) – Five were killed and three people are missing following heavy rains that lashed the capital on Wednesday.

Haiti’s Directorate for Civil Protection (DPC) says three people were found dead in the city’s impoverished Cite Soleil neighborhood, while two others were killed elsewhere in Port-au-Prince.

In the town of Petionville, three people have been reported missing and five were seriously injured when a wall collapsed under the weight of the downpour.

“There are unstable weather conditions prevailing in the Caribbean basin, and rain and thunderstorm activity could hit the country over the next two days,” the DPC said.

Heavy rain causes unusual damage in Haiti’s main cities due to a lack of proper drainage infrastructure.

According to government officials emergency teams remain mobilised and damage assessment is still underway. 

The DPC has called for continued vigilance in areas that remain at risk for flooding and landslides and has asked the population to observe safety instructions in case of showers and thunderstorms.