| GEO World|
| Storm death toll in Haiti soars to 136|
| Updated at: 0808 PST, Friday, September 05, 2008|
PORT-AU-PRINCE: The death toll in Haiti from Tropical Storm Hanna has soared to 136, the head of the civil protection office said Thursday.
Officials had earlier given a toll of 61 dead after Hanna pounded northern Haiti Monday and Tuesday.
Gonaives, Haiti's third largest city, remains largely underwater. In 2004, Tropical Storm Jeanne triggered flooding and landslides that killed 3,000 people in and around Gonaives.
The new toll, made public late Thursday by Alta Jean-Baptiste, head of Haiti's civil protection office, said that 102 of those who died were killed in northern Haiti, mostly in Gonaives.
Jean-Baptiste also said that flooding and landslides triggered by the heavy rain forced nearly 10,000 people into shelters. The figure does not count the thousands evacuated from Gonaives, population 300,000.