Tropical storm Isaac pushed into Cuba Saturday after sweeping across Haiti’s southern peninsula, where it brought flooding and at least three deaths, adding to the misery of a poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake.
Forecasters said the storm could eventually hit Florida as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of nearly 160 kph.
At least three people were reported dead. A woman and a child died in the Haitian 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.
Many, however, stayed and suffered. The Grive River overflowed north of Port-au-Prince, sending chocolate-brown water spilling through the sprawling shantytown of Cite Soleil, where many people grabbed what they could of their possessions and carried them on their heads, wading through waist-deep water.
“From last night, we’re in misery,’’ said Cite Soleil resident Jean-Gymar Joseph. “All our children are sleeping in the mud, in the rain.’’
More than 50 tents in a quake settlement collapsed, forcing people to scramble through the mud to try to save their belongings.