Jeanne arrasó Haití

GONAIVES, Haiti (CNN) — Tropical Storm Jeanne has killed at least 250 people in the northern Haitian city of Gonaives, and the death toll could go higher, a U.N. spokesman said Monday.
Toussaint Kongo-Doudou, a spokesman for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti, said 250 deaths had been confirmed in flooding and mudslides in the coastal city.
Kongo-Doudou had said earlier that about 80,000 of the city’s 100,000 residents have been affected by the flood, calling the situation «desperate.»
«Almost the entire town is under water,» he said Sunday.
Flooding caused most of the deaths, but some victims were believed to have died in mudslides after the storm dumped up to 13 inches of rain on the area.
The base housing Argentine troops from the U.N. force was among the buildings that were flooded, he said.
Prime minister to appeal for aid
Haitian interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue visited Gonaives on Sunday and plans to appeal for international assistance in dealing with the disaster, Kongo-Doudou said.
Jeanne, which briefly attained hurricane strength as it hit the Dominican Republic last week, was reduced to a tropical storm by the time it struck Haiti.
Earlier it had swept over Puerto Rico.
The storm picked up strength as it headed out into open waters Sunday night and Monday morning.
At 11 a.m. ET Monday, Jeanne was 345 miles (555 kilometers) east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph).
The storm was headed in a north-northeasterly direction and is no longer a threat to land, said the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

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