Nine dead after Haiti weekend storms

2016-05-02 22:29

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Port-au-Prince - A boat capsized in rough waters during a violent weekend storm, killing eight people, while another was swept away by a river, officials in Haiti said on Monday.

The incident occurred overnight Saturday into Sunday, according to Eric Prevost, head of Haiti's maritime and navigation service. He revised downward a previously announced estimate of 21 deaths from the accident.

The small yacht departed the city of Bombardopolis and went down shortly before it was to have arrived at its destination in the city of Gonaives.

Officials said rescuers were able to save several passengers, but do not know how many people in total were on board the vessel.

The authorities blamed rough weather for another death after a young man was swept away by rising waters in Centre department, bringing the total number of people killed during the weekend's inclement weather to nine.

A woman was also missing in Centre after trying to cross the swollen river.

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