Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Haiti Mourns Hurricane Dead

By VOA News

Haiti is observing three days of mourning for the victims of a series of hurricanes and tropical storms that ravaged the impoverished nation in recent weeks.

Flags began flying at half-staff Monday.

The death toll from the storms in Haiti is estimated to be about 500, including 70 from the latest storm, Hurricane Ike. Hurricane Gustav passed over Haiti late last month.

In addition, the United Nations says some 800,000 people, or almost 10 percent of Haiti's population, are in dire need of emergency assistance. The United States has announced it is providing $10 million for disaster assistance.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

Source: VoaNews.Com

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