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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Haiti flood deaths may top 2,000
A UN soldier guards a relief centre in Gonaives, Haiti
UN troops are guarding food distribution centres in Haiti
Flooding unleashed in Haiti by tropical storm Jeanne is feared to have killed more than 2,000 people, the mayor of a badly-hit city has said.

Calixte Valentin, mayor of Gonaives, said bodies were still being found, 10 days after the storm.

The United Nations has warned that the situation in the city is "critical".

Relief workers say food is still not getting to people quickly enough, amid problems with security and logistical problems caused by the storm.

Poorest country in Western Hemisphere
80% live below absolute poverty threshold
Malnutrition widespread
Severe or moderate stunting affects 47% of under fives
Source: UN World Food Programme
The official death toll from the flooding is at least 1,514 across the island, but more than 900 people are still unaccounted for.

"It's sad but true that the missing will slowly be started to be counted among the dead," said Brazilian Army Gen Augusto Heleno Ribeiro Pereira, in charge of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Haiti.


Many residents in Gonaives have not had food for a week.

Venezuelan Air Force Doctor Jose Manuel Aguilar treats a three-day-old baby
Dr Jose Manuel Aguilar: No clean water
The UN troops have been mobilised to stop people fighting at food distribution points.

At the weekend, troops had to fire into the air to stop hungry people grabbing food from aid trucks.

A doctor from New York who has gone to help in his native Haiti, Jean-Claude Kompas, told the Associated Press news agency he had treated 30 people for gunshot wounds received in fights over food.

The city is still without electricity or running water, and lacks basic medicines such as antibiotics.

Volunteer doctors have spoken of appalling conditions as they try to help the storm survivors in makeshift clinics.

Amputations have been carried out under primitive conditions, many people have infected wounds, and there are widespread cases of diarrhoea.

"There's no clean water. There are no resources," Dr Jose Manuel Aguilar told AP at a tent hospital set up by Cuban and Venezuelan doctors.


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