Tropical storm kills more than 300 in Haiti

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The hurricane season that has devastated the southern United States and the Carib-bean entered a deadly new phase yesterday as Tropical Storm Jeanne claimed more than 300 lives in Haiti.

The hurricane season that has devastated the southern United States and the Carib-bean entered a deadly new phase yesterday as Tropical Storm Jeanne claimed more than 300 lives in Haiti.

Flooding and mudslides brought chaos in the north-west and forced residents to cling to rooftops and trees.

In Gonaives, Haiti's third largest city, people waded through ankle-deep mud, while in nearby countryside, homes, livelihoods and entire families were swept away. Jeanne has slipped below hurricane force in recent days and it is thought her path will take her out to sea.

Jeanne is the latest in a string of powerful storms that have devastated the region over the past two months. Earlier this month Hurricane Ivan claimed more than 70 lives in the Carribean and more than 30 in the United States.

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