Haiti Raises Death Toll From Hurricane

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (October 31, 2012)--The director of Haiti's civil protection agency says the death toll from Hurricane Sandy is now 54, which means the toll for the Caribbean as a whole is 71.

Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste said the government was able to revise the death toll as rivers recede and officials are able to travel through the storm-drenched southern peninsula.

The death toll had been 52.

Jean-Baptiste said Wednesday that one of the new deaths occurred during a mudslide and the other was a person who drowned trying to cross a rain-swollen river.

There are still 21 people unaccounted for after the storm.

Hurricane Sandy drenched the country's south with more than 20 inches of rain in 24 hours.

President Michel Martelly declared a month-long state of emergency.


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