LES CAYES, Haiti—Days after being rocked by a deadly earthquake, heavy rains and powerful winds hit Haiti early Tuesday, raising the risk of floods and mudslides and hampering relief efforts for quake victims.
Meanwhile, the toll from Saturday’s deadly 7.2 magnitude quake continued to rise. At least 1,941 people were killed, Haitian civil protection officials said Tuesday, with 9,900 injured and more than 60,759 houses destroyed.
Tropical Storm Grace swept across southern Haiti overnight before heading toward Jamaica, where the storm is expected to strengthen. The storm and ongoing rain on Tuesday dumped between 5 and 10 inches of rain across the area, with some parts receiving as much as 15 inches, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
The heavy rain caused misery for people who had been sleeping in the streets in tents and under plastic sheets, unable to return home after Saturday’s quake destroyed tens of thousands of buildings. Many of the makeshift shelters people had made were torn apart by the winds.
Civil-defense authorities called on people whose homes weren’t damaged to take in others displaced by the 7.2-magnitude quake.