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Flood Waters Inundate Haiti Airport (+video)

May 3, 2017

The terminal at the Toussaint Louverture International airport has been flooded Tuesday afternoon after a sustained downpour transformed some low-lying Port-au-Prince streets into brown rivers.

 

Videos circulating on social media show passengers up to their ankles in water inside Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince.

 

Many people walked barefoot as they navigated through the flooded baggage claim area.

 

Irving Mehu is director general of Haiti's airports authority. He says the Port-au-Prince airport's arrival and departure zones were flooded by the Tuesday downpour.

 

In a statement, Mehu apologized to travelers for the "disturbing situation." He indicated that no flights were grounded by the deluge, saying "all services of the airport operate as usual."

 

It wasn't immediately clear if there were any deaths or injuries in the crowded capital from the latest spring rains.

 

Satellite images indicate heavy storms hit the country Tuesday and more rain is expected in the area on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Dominican Republic, has also experienced severe flooding in the past several days. 

 

 

Carl Sandy Alcéma

 

sandinio@hotmail.com

 

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