Rescuers counted the bodies of 1,013 flood victims in Gonaives alone by Wednesday night, said Dieufort Deslorges of the
government's civil protection agency. Another 58 bodies have been recovered elsewhere in Haiti's northwest province, Deslorges
told The Associated Press.
Nan sel Gonaives, Sekourist yo te konte 1,013 kavav pou rive Merkredi swa, ke Ajans pwoteksyon sivil,
Dieufort Deslorges te anonse. Yo te jwenn yon lot 58 kadav nan Depatman Nordwest, Deslorges te di A.P.
He said the number of people reported missing since tropical storm Jeanne lashed the islands with torrential rains for
30 hours over the weekend was up to 1,250. Some bodies washed out to sea in Gonaives, dozens remained in still-high waters
or floating in flooded houses in the city, he said, indicating that the toll could reach as high as 2,000.
Li te di kantite moun ke yo pa we depi cyclon la te pase ak van, la pli nan yon jou e demi ki sot pase
la yo, te rive 1,250. anpil kadav te ale nan lan me Gonaives, plizie douzens rete sou dlo nan mitan la me ya ou swa ap trampe
nan kay ki te inonde yo nan vil la. swa dizan kantite ya ka rive jiska 2,000.
"We're demanding they come and take the bodies from our fields. Dogs are eating them," said farmer Jean Lebrun, 35, listing
demands made by property owners near the cemetery whose opposition to mass graves had delayed burials since Monday.
"Nou mande pou yo vi'n pran kadav yo, nan jadin nou yo. chen komanse manje yo,"
Jean Lebrun, ki gen 35 an, te di lel tap fe list demand met te nan cimitye ya ki pa dakor pou yo antere tout moun nan
mem trou. Opozisyon sa yo te koz plis reta depi Lundi nan afe anterman yo.
"We can only drink the water people died in," he said, listing another demand, for potable water in a city of 250,000 still
under water five days after the storm's passage.
Hurricane experts, meanwhile, said Jeanne could head back toward the Bahamas and the United States, threatening the battered
southeast coast as early as this weekend.
It was too soon to tell where or if Jeanne would hit, but the National Hurricane Center (news - web sites) in Miami warned people in the northwest and central Bahamas and along the southeast U.S. coast to beware of dangerous surf
and rip currents kicked up by Jeanne in coming days.
In Gonaives, the third largest city in the country of eight million, animal carcasses still floated in waters that also
could hold human bodies, and survivors are hungry and thirsty.
"The situation is not getting better because people have been without food or water for three or four days," Hans Havik,
Haiti representative of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
"Water is still high, mud is still there," he said. "The population is getting more and more desperate. People are getting
Earlier, United Nations (news - web sites) peacekeepers fired into the air to keep a hungry crowd at bay as aid workers handed out loaves of bread - the first food
in days for some.
Lebrun said people were angry that officials were not helping them search for the missing. Rescue workers said Wednesday
they were concentrating on getting in food and taking care of piles of bodies that grew outside three morgues, raising fears
of health hazards.
A Canadian military flight carrying 14 tonnes of relief supplies left for Haiti on Wednesday. The Canadian International
Development Agency covered the cost of the goods - mainly heavy plastic sheeting and blankets.
"We appreciate the quick response of our Canadian government partners in coming to the aid of flood-stricken Haiti," said
Charlie Musoka, emergencies officer of the Canadian Red Cross.
Last week, Jeanne also killed seven people in Puerto Rico and 19 in Dominican Republic.
At the grave, the sun was setting as three dumptrucks emptied bodies and a crane covered them with a layer of earth. Raoul
Elysee of the Haitian Red Cross said between 100 and 200 were buried and the rest would be buried Thursday.
The decomposing bodies have officials fearful of health risks. Havik said the contamination of water sources and flooding
of latrines could lead cause an outbreak of waterborne diseases.
Martine Vice-Aimee, an 18-year-old mother of two whose home was destroyed, said people already are getting ill.
"People are getting sick from the water, they're walking in it, their skin is getting itchy and rashes. The water they're
drinking is giving them stomach aches."
Havik's federation launched a worldwide appeal Wednesday for $4 million Cdn to fund relief operations to 40,000 Haitian
victims, and several countries were sending aid.