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Nearly 500 dead in flooded Haitian town - police

Haitian police found 495 corpses when muddy floodwaters began to recede from the port city of Gonaives following days of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Hanna, the town's police commissioner.

world Updated: Sep 06, 2008 08:32 IST

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Haitian police found 495 corpses when muddy floodwaters began to recede on Friday from the port city of Gonaives following days of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Hanna, the town's police commissioner said on Friday.

"The weather is calm now and we are discovering more bodies. We have found 495 bodies so far and there are 13 people missing," commissioner Ernst Dorfeuille told Reuters.

"The smell of the dead is very unpleasant in Gonaives. The death toll could be even higher."