Five dead, 19 missing after Haiti rains, flooding - officials

by Reuters
Friday, 19 May 2017 03:22 GMT

A boy plays in a building destroyed by Hurricane Matthew in Coteaux, Haiti, October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

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Haiti has been grappling with a heavy rainy season this year and is recovering from Hurricane Matthew, which devastated much of the country's southwest last October

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, May 18 (Reuters) - Five people were killed and 19 went missing after torrential rains and flooding hit Haiti, its Department of Civil Protection said on Thursday.

Streams, rivers and ravines overflowed causing the casualties and some damage to infrastructure, the government authority said in a statement.

Nineteen fishermen were missing from two towns in the coastal Grande-Anse region of southern Haiti, it said, adding that in the same region 322 people were staying in shelters and 20 people sought shelter in the Nord-Ouest department.

Haiti has been grappling with a heavy rainy season this year and is recovering from Category-4 Hurricane Matthew, which devastated much of the country's southwest last October.

The impoverished nation is in a hurricane-prone area and is especially susceptible to natural disasters because of poor infrastructure and a lack of government resources.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; Writing by Anthony Esposito; Editing by Robert Birsel)