Death toll in Haiti from storm Laura rises to 21

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Port-au-Prince, Aug 25 . .- The number of deaths in Haiti due to the passage of storm Laura, now turned into a hurricane, rose to 21 people, to which are added 5 missing, the Civil Protection Directorate reported on Tuesday .

Among the dead are a baby, an 8-year-old boy, 11 men and 8 women, who lived in the Southeast, South and West departments, where Port-au-Prince is located.

Among the five missing, there are two children and three adults, according to the preliminary report.

The previous official toll was nine fatalities, as a result of the torrential rains that particularly affected southern Haiti between Saturday night and Sunday.

The storm destroyed 15 houses, damaged another 135 and the flooding of the rivers caused the flooding of at least 447 houses; while 26 people are still housed in shelters.

Civil Protection continues the search for the disappeared, as well as the work to clear the roads and public roads that were blocked by trees or by landslides.

The southern coastal area has become inaccessible due to damage to four bridges and the border bridge between the towns of Anse-à-Pitre and Pedernales, in the Dominican Republic, was also destroyed.

In the Dominican Republic, the storm killed four people, forced the evacuation of about 9,000 people and caused extensive damage in the Santo Domingo metropolitan area and in the south-west of the country.

Laura passed through Haiti on Sunday, became a category 1 hurricane on Tuesday and is expected to hit the coasts of Louisiana and Texas in the United States on Wednesday.

Laura now has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 km / h) and is moving in a north-northwest direction at 17 miles per hour (28 km / h).

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