Death toll from Haiti storms reaches 800

Oct. 4, 2008 at 6:40 AM

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The death toll from four major storms hitting Haiti in August and September has reached 800 people, International Red Cross officials say.

Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gustav hit the impoverished Caribbean nation in August, bringing heavy rains and mudslides to the island. Then in September Tropical Storm Hanna and Hurricane Ike passed through Haiti, bringing the death toll from the spate of strong storms to 800, Red Cross officials told CNN Saturday.

U.S. humanitarian aid to Haiti has totaled $30 million while the United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund has dedicated at least $4 million for post-hurricane help, the broadcaster said.

U.S. military help to Haiti has included the arrival of the USS Kearsarge, delivering more than 1,400 metric tons of relief supplies in support of USAID and the World Food Program.

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