Sunday, 26 August 2012

Hurricane Isaac kills 6 in Haiti

Aug 26, 2012 13:01 Moscow Time
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Hurricane Isaac kills 6 in Haiti

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At least 6 people, including two children, were killed after Hurricane Isaac hit Haiti on Sunday, news reports said, adding that another five people remain missing.

More than 14,000 locals were evacuated in connection with the hurricane which is currently approaching Florida at a speed of 31 kilometers per hour.

The organizers of the US Republican party congress, which is to open on Monday in Tampe, Florida, had to make changes into the agenda due to the coming Isaac storm.
On Monday, only the opening ceremony will take place while all other events of the first day have been postponed, the organizers said.

At the Congress former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan are to be officially approved as presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Tropical Storm Isaac pushed into Cuba on Saturday after sweeping across Haiti’s southern peninsula, where it caused flooding and at least three deaths, adding to the misery of a poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake.

Isaac’s center made landfall just before midday near the far-eastern tip of Cuba, downing trees and power lines. In the picturesque city of Baracoa, the storm surge flooded the seaside Malecon and a block inland, destroying two homes.

Forecasters said Isaac poses a threat to Florida Monday and Tuesday, just as the Republican Party gathers for its national convention in Tampa. It could eventually hit the Florida Panhandle as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of nearly 100 mph (160 kph).

At least three people were reported dead in Haiti. A woman and a child died in the town of Souvenance, Sen. Francisco Delacruz told a local radio station. A 10-year-old girl died in Thomazeau when a wall fell on her, said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of Haiti’s Civil Protection Office. She said as many as 5,000 people were evacuated because of flooding. (original

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