Hurricane Tomas claims lives in ravaged Haiti

Flooding sparked by heavy rain from Hurricane Tomas has killed at least two people in Haiti, and earthquake survivors living in makeshift camps have been urged to seek shelter in safer places.

A day after another person was reported killed while trying to cross a swollen river in a vehicle, the AFP news agency quoted an official with the Haitian civil defence agency as saying today that two people were killed in the town of Leogane, "which is completely flooded".

The tent city near the ruined presidential palace, home to thousands of dispossessed, has been  covered by several centimetres of water, radio Vision 2000 said.

More than a million Haitians, living in makeshift camps since the January earthquake, have been told to leave their tents.