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Haiti's hurricane death toll more than doubles to 793

Thai flood death toll reaches 26: interior ministry
The death toll from heavy monsoon flooding across Thailand has risen to 26, the interior ministry said Sunday, with 1.6 million people affected by the bad weather. Flood waters brought by heavy rain have inundated 31 of Thailand's 76 provinces since September 11, wrecking homes and farmland and causing damage worth more than 16 million dollars. "The situation at present has improved in 26 provinces. Only the situation in the other five provinces continues to need monitoring," the interior ministry said in a statement. It said the floods had destroyed more than 2,700 houses, 3,404 roads, 15 schools, 28 temples, and 1.38 million acres of farmland, with the repair bill put at 16.38 million dollars. Flood waters are dissipating in many places but officials have warned people in low-lying areas to be on the lookout for flash floods and mudslides.
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Port-Au=Prince (AFP) Oct 3, 2008
Four major storms that pounded Haiti in August and September killed 793 people and left more than 300 others missing, authorities said Friday.

Haitian Civil Protection announced the new figures in a dramatic surge upward from their previous estimate of 326 dead on September 11 after the passing of Tropical Storm Fay and hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike.

According to the new data, "793 people were killed 466 of them in the city of Gonaives alone, the hardest hit by the storms, while there are 310 people unaccounted for and 548 injured," said civil protection spokeswoman Alta Jean-Baptiste.

Mountainous Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has a major deforestation crisis as people cut down trees and bushes to cook. Heavy rains leave it especially vulnerable to mudslides and flooding.

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