At least 23 people have died in a village in central Haiti in the worst single incident during two weeks of torrential rain and mudslides which have left over 30 people dead. The heavy rains have also caused widespread damage in Cuba and Jamaica, and experts warn there is no end in sight to the bad weather.
Throughout the region rivers have been bursting their banks, but the situation is much worse in Haiti, which has lost 90 percent of its forest cover. This makes it impossible for the soils to absorb prolonged heavy rainfall. In eastern Cuba some 20 000 people have been evacuated, and in Jamaica a rescue operation was mounted for 200 people cut off by rising waters near Kingston. Schools have now been closed across the country.