Tropical Storm Laura flooded the streets of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince, Sunday, August 23.
READ MORE: Five people are dead in Haiti’s southeast and west departments, presidential press secretary Eddy Jackson Alexis announced Sunday after Tropical Storm Laura hit the country with an estimated 200 mm (8 inches) rain and maximum sustained winds of up to 85 kph. The president and all the members of his government presented their condolences to the victims’ families, Alexis tweeted.
The press secretary said the death toll is still being assessed and that among the victims were a 10-year-old girl, a woman who was swept away by flood waters and a man who was found dead in the Bicentenaire neighborhood of the capital, Port-au-Prince, near the national palace.
In an earlier tweet Sunday, the press secretary said the Peligre Dam, in the Artibonite River valley in Haiti’s lush agricultural sector, had flooded and was subsequently opened.