There are rumors flying around the internet that the Ile de la Tortue off the north coast of Haiti has been inundated and 26,000 people have been drowned.

This is the truth of that rumor: an initial visit by reliefofficials suggested that the island was under water. Thiswould mean that the 26,000 inhabitants had been drowned.

However, according to Agence France-Presse, GuyGauvereau of the World Food Program has reported that arevisit has been made, and ithas been determined that the island was not inundated, andthe population was not drowned.

Gauvereau said that an overflight of the island byhelicopter on Monday indicated no major problems for thepopulation.

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