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Sudden storm kills five in Haiti

By the CNN Wire Staff
Five deaths have been confirmed so far and the United Nations received reports of others who were injured or trapped.
Five deaths have been confirmed so far and the United Nations received reports of others who were injured or trapped.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The severe storm was not expected
  • Several people were reported injured or trapped
  • The storm took down structures that had withstood the killer quake

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- A short but severe storm with high winds and heavy rain has killed at least five people in Haiti's earthquake-devastated capital, the United Nations said.

No warnings were issued because the storm Friday afternoon was not predicted.

Five deaths have been confirmed so far and the United Nations received reports of others who were injured or trapped.

At Port-au-Prince's Petionville Golf Club, where actor Sean Penn's aid organization JP HRO has been managing a camp for almost 50,000 quake-displaced Haitians, the medical tent was ripped apart as was a tent that housed the group's staff.

Photos showed nothing but sky over what used to serve as the nerve center for JP HRO. No deaths were reported at that camp despite destruction of some tents and the hillsides turning into treacherous mud.

The organization's Facebook page posted photos with this comment: "The Petionville Club is now our temporary hospital, one baby born last night and another one on the way. Life is continuing and we are picking up the pieces."

Elsewhere in Port-au-Prince, the sudden storm uprooted giant trees and took down billboards, lampposts and structures that had withstood the killer January quake. More than 200,000 people died and 1.6 million people were left homeless.

Journalist Yvetot Gouin contributed to this report.

 
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