Hurricane Tomas kills 20 in Haiti
At least 20 people have been killed, several wounded and 6,000 families left homeless after Hurricane Tomas triggered the quake-hit nation of Haiti at the weekend, Press TV reported.
Flooding and mudslides have wounded 36 people, destroyed 900 homes and damaged 5,000 more in Haiti's far southwestern department of Grand'Anse, the hardest hit region.
Tomas was the first hurricane to hit Haiti after an earthquake in January killed 250,000 people and left a million homeless.
Authorities fear that Hurricane Tomas could worsen the cholera epidemic that has already killed more than 500 people.
The Haitian Health Ministry said on Monday the death toll from the epidemic has leaped to 544 people.
The ministry said over 8,000 infected people are in hospitals.
Authorities fear that flooding caused by Tomas could worsen the epidemic.
The government has only been able to accommodate as many as 100,000 people in schools, churches and hospitals, fearing that Tomas could further devastate the nation.