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51 Haitians die in Hurricane Gustav

Published on August 28, 2008 5:53 PM | Comments

Just terrible news from Haiti:

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Haitian officials are reporting 51 deaths from Gustav, raising the storm's overall toll to 59.

Civil protection department director Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste says the death count increased fivefold on Thursday as news reached officials from remote areas.

At least 25 people were killed near Jacmel, on the country's southern peninsula, where Gustav came ashore Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane.

Civil protection official Jean-Michel Sabbat says most of those people were killed by landslides and falling trees in the mountains.

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