51 Haitians die in Hurricane Gustav

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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2016 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 27625389 - local8now.com/a?a=27625389
Gray Television, Inc.