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38 killed in tropical storm

world Updated: Dec 16, 2007 00:27 IST

The discovery of the bodies of 12 Haitians who drowned at a farm in the Dominican Republic raised the death toll from Tropical Storm Olga to at least 38, authorities said on Friday.

The bodies were found near Castanuelas, a village near the Dominican border with Haiti.

"We think the Haitians had no documents and hid themselves when we ordered the evacuation of the flooded areas and hence they drowned," he said. The rare tropical storm, killed two people, a woman and a 3-year-old boy.