Town in Haiti suffers huge crop loss from Sandy'

A Ministry of Agriculture official in southern Haiti says that Hurricane Sandy destroyed 70 percent of the crops in his region and caused widespread deaths of livestock

In this March 26, 2012 photo, fishermen listen to news on a radio as they rest in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Caribbean country has long been vulnerable to radio-fanned rumors, driven by the lack of reliable information and widespread illiteracy. Now, there are new elements, including social media outlets such as Twitter adding to the fray, as well as what appears to be an orchestrated effort to undermine President Michel Martelly, who has been in office for nearly a year. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- A Ministry of Agriculture official in southern Haiti says that Hurricane Sandy destroyed 70 percent of the crops in his region and caused widespread deaths of livestock.

Jean Debalio Jean-Jacques says the government has not yet put a dollar figure on the losses. But as the top agriculture ministry official in Haiti's Southern Department, he says many poor farmers will have no food because of the storm's damage.

Hurricane Sandy passed west of Haiti the night of Oct. 24. But it dumped more than 20 inches of rain in 24 hours on the town of Les Cayes and the surrounding countryside, causing rivers to overflow. Haiti reported 52 deaths.

Damaged crops include avocados, bread fruit, corn and some vetiver, a grass that produces a fragrant oil used in perfumes.


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