Waters from a rain-swollen river that flooded a Haitian town killed at least 20 people and damaged dozens of homes, government officials said Friday, as residents tried to dry out from the deluge and account for the missing.
Witnesses said the Bretelle River burst its banks Wednesday evening, sending water 1.5 meters (5 feet) deep surging through the dirt streets of this town.
"All hell broke loose," said 42-year-old Terry Bien-Aime, one of many residents who piled their belongings outside to dry. "I was scared for my life."
Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told The Associated Press while touring the damage that at least 20 people were dead and officials were searching for more.