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In pictures: Haiti reels from storms

People wade through a flooded street after Tropical Storm Hanna hit Gonaives, Haiti

Haiti is experiencing a "catastrophe", President Rene Preval has said after the country was hit by three storms in quick succession.

A pregnant woman stands in a flooded street in Gonaives

The storms have killed some 170 people and forced thousands from their homes.

People take shelter from a flooded street on the second floor of a home in Gonaives

Mr Preval said the latest storm, Hanna, could cause even more damage than Storm Jeanne that killed 2,000 people in 2004.

Residents of Gonaives

Haiti's second city, Gonaives, was severely affected by Hanna. Many homes were deluged, and families were forced to pack up and flee.

Chantal Pierre and babies in Gonaives

But there was some good news from Gonaives. Chantal Pierre managed to give birth with the help of UN peacekeepers.

People wade through flooded streets in Gonaives

Some parts of the country are under several metres of water, and in some cases residents have been forced to climb onto roofs.

People cross an area flooded by heavy rains in Savan Desole

Many crops have been destroyed, threatening a food crisis in the coming days.

People wade through flooded streets in Gonaives

UN peacekeepers and aid workers have struggled to reach stranded survivors and say they cannot rescue anyone because of the severity of the damage.

Aerial view of Gonaives

Hanna, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, is expected to reach the US coast on the weekend.



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