Haiti handles hurricane damage

Port-au-Prince, 13 July 2005 - Despite the extensive damage wreaked by Hurricane Dennis last weekend, Haiti's emergency response will not require extra humanitarian resources, according to a UN assessment mission.

The mission, which focused on the worst-hit coastal areas of the southern peninsula, estimates that Hurricane Dennis affected 15,000 people in total, destroying more than 600 houses and damaging over 1,000 properties.

Haitian authorities have also confirmed that the fierce storm claimed 20 lives.

However, according to the assessment, the scale of damage is less than that caused by tropical storm Jeanne last September and Haiti's recovery will be possible with existing resources.