PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- The secretary of state for public safety, Reginald Delva, said on Thursday that five people were killed when a wall collapsed, outside the Haitian capital, as a result of torrential rains that triggered flash floods in several parts of the Caribbean country's west region.
Delva explained that the police recovered on Wednesday night the bodies of five victims that were crushed under the rubble of a wall that collapsed in the Tabarre district in the greater metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince, following heavy rains that flooded rivers, streets and homes.
"The police recovered five bodies that were under the wall that collapsed, apparently as a result of the flooding," Delva told HCNN in an interview on Thursday.
"We are further investigating the regrettable event to have more precision on the circumstances surrounding the death of these people," said Delva.
During the accident, several people were also injured, including a child who is now feared dead.
Residents in the area also said several people, who were living under a tent in a nearby camp, were taken away by a flooded river, but the information has not yet been confirmed.
Torrential rains often cause disastrous situations in Haiti because of a lack of drainage systems and because of anarchic constructions in slum areas where people build huts near river beds and in areas exposed to mudslides.