Torrential rain causes deadly flash flooding in Haiti leaving thousands displaced

At least 51 people have died in the floods since Saturday. Then Tuesday, a magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck, killing three and injuring more.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Torrential downpours led to flash flooding across Haiti this week, claiming the lives of dozens of people and displacing thousands of families.

A low-pressure system brought intense rainstorms across Haiti on June 3, causing numerous rivers to overflow, flash flooding and landslides in many areas, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The rain began two days after the start of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season. 

According to the UN, more than 50 deaths have been reported due to the flooding event, with 18 people still missing. More than 32,500 homes have been flooded, displacing thousands of people. 

Officials with the Haitian Civil Protection Department said the flooding is most severe in the West, and the country's agricultural sector has also received a major hit.

Rescue operations are ongoing across multiple municipalities where access to roads and communities has been cut off due to the water.

Civil Protection, Haitian Red Cross and Semanah teams have been conducting rescue operations since Saturday, according to the Civil Protection Department.

Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes, killing 3

As flooding still inundated the country, an earthquake struck early Tuesday morning near the city of Jeremie.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake was recorded at 5:11 a.m. local time and registered as a 4.9 magnitude with a depth of 6.2 miles.

The UN General Directorate for Civil Protection reports three people were killed during the earthquake and more than two dozen people were injured.