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Gustav death toll 77 in Haiti

Hurricane storm Gustav killed 77 people and left eight others missing when it barreled through Haiti last week, officials said.

world Updated: Sep 02, 2008 12:52 IST

Hurricane storm Gustav killed 77 people and left eight others missing when it barreled through Haiti last week, officials said in Port-Au-Prince.

Officials yesterday said another 36 people were injured by the storm, which last week struck the island of Hispaniola, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti -- the hemisphere's most impoverished country -- as a Category One hurricane.

Gustav regained hurricane strength as it plowed through the Cayman Islands and Cuba, and then battered the US Gulf coast on Monday as a Category Two hurricane.

Officials here said some 15,000 Haitian families were affected by the storm, which levelled some 3,000 dwellings and damaged another 11,458.