Hurricane Dennis leaves 25 dead, 16 missing in Haiti

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HAVANA, Jul 12, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Hurricane Dennis has left 25 dead and 16 missing in Haiti, according to the latest reports from Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, capital of the Caribbean country.

The Civil Protection Office of Haiti said Tuesday that the hurricane passing through Haiti last Thursday injured 22 people and affected 15,000 others and destroyed 609 houses and damaged 1, 000 more.

The number of victims and the level of material damage could rise as the disaster assessment advances, said Haitian authorities.

The southwestern region of Grand'Anse was hit the hardest by the hurricane, with 11 dead and five missing, while in the southern city of Grand Goave, where a bridge collapsed, nine people were killed and six others missing.

Dennis, considered as the biggest hurricane in the North Atlantic this year, killed at least 16 and caused 1.4 billion US dollars in damage in Cuba.