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Unexpected rainstorm, flash flooding kill 10 in Haiti

By Greg Botelho, CNN

A sudden, unexpected rainstorm has killed 10 people, including three children, in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, a United Nations spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Eight people, including the three children, in Leogane died due to landslides and rapidly moving water stirred by heavy rains this weekend, said Stephanie Bunker with the U.N. Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs.

Another two people were killed in the capital of Port-au-Prince, where two others remain missing. In addition, the storm took a toll on homes, infrastructure and lives in Carrefour.

“The problem is that every time there is a storm in Haiti, you see people affected even if there’s not an earthquake (or a major tropical event) because of deforestation and congestion,” Bunker said.

Civil protection authorities have been called into Leogane, where at least 4,000 people were affected and 270 homes were flooded by the storm. All around the region, the United Nations said there is a significant need for potable water, food and hygiene kits.

In addition, authorities have begun distributing tents and getting aid to people impacted by this latest calamity, according to the United Nations.

“We’re responding to all the needs created by the earthquake,” Bunker said of the United Nations humanitarian arm and other nongovernment organizations. “These are other needs being piled on.”

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