Jacmel, Haiti Hurricane, Oct 1935


Bodies of 200 Drowned Are
Recovered at Jacmel —
Thousands Homeless


Ships Rush Supplies to Stricken
Areas—Jamaica Banana
Crop Loss $4,000,000

26 — Belated reports that hundreds
of persons were drowned in
floods accompanying a hurricane
last week-end caused officials today
to fear that as many as 1,000
lives might have been lost.
The latest report from Jacmel
was that 200 bodies had been recovered.
The first word was received
today from the southern
peninsula, isolated since Monday,
of the heavy loss of life.
An unofficial estimate was that
there were 1,500 dead in Jeremie,
which apparently was the heaviest
The disaster in both cities was
caused by a flood Monday night,
after several days of abnormal
rains. Thousands were reported to
be homeless and hungry, with
crops destroyed. The government
i s trying to get aid into the stricken
Roads are impassable to Haiti's
southern peninsula. Fragmentary
news is coming through by couriers
who are traveling overland with
the greatest difficulty.
Steamer to Rush Supplies.
The Standard Fruit steamer
Truxton from Tampa, arriving here
tomorrow afternoon, will take relief
materials to Jacmel and
Telegraphic communication with
Cayes was re-established. Damage
to the city was not extensive, but
a famine was feared because of the
destruction of food crops.
The hydroelectric plant at Jacmel
was reported destroyed. The town
was without light or water.
A bridge over the Grande Anse
River was destroyed in the Jeremie
district. The Voldrogue and Roseaux
Rivers overflowed.
It will be days before an accurate
check of fatalities and damage can
be made, officials said.


Honduras Hard Hit

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras, Oct.
26 ISP) — Hurricane winds, rain
storms and floods, with accompanying
damage to banana crops, were
reported today from the central
zone. Details were lacking because
of interrupted lines of communications.
The population here, alarmed yesterday
by the hurricane warning,
grew calmer today when the storm
failed to strike with its expected
The city of Yoro, in the northern
zone, reported that a river overflowed
with heavy damage. At
Marale the Moralito River overflowed
its banks into the suburbs,
wiped out a bridge and caused
other damage. No casualties were
.Hurricane winds swept the port
of Tela last night and today, destroying
land communications lines.

Oct. 27, 1935 edition of The New York Times