Floods in Haiti, Dominican Republic

May 24 and 25, 2004 were days of disaster in Haiti. A week later, search and rescue efforts continued in Haiti and the Dominican Republic after days of heavy rain caused flooding that has killed close to 2,000 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Many of the victims in the Dominican Republic died before dawn on Monday the 24th, caught off guard by waters rushing over river banks and washing away their homes while they slept. The Dominican Republics National Emergency Commission reported that some areas received more than 10 inches of rain in two days of torrential storms over the weekend.

On June 7, reports say officials continue to tally the human and economic toll of the disaster. Most of the dead were in Haiti, where at least 1,000 people were killed and 1,600 are still missing. Thousands of homes were also destroyed, leaving 16,000 people displaced. In the Dominican Republic, 70 percent of the country's rice crops were destroyed, and water is still out of service in many areas.

This event has no exact time, so the prediction was made for a departure from expectation for the whole first day, using GMT time. This includes approximately four hours before dawn in Haiti (marked in the graph below), and the rest of the day when news of the disaster was percolating out to the world. The Chisquare is 86655 on 86400 df and p = 0.270 (Z=0.614). Floods in Haiti, Dominican

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