Haitian mother and 4 children die in house collapse

PORT-AU-PRINCE (AFP) - A Haitian mother and her four children died after a wall collapsed on their small home due to heavy rains in Port-au-Prince, authorities said on Thursday.

The family was among hundreds of thousands of people still living in tents or makeshift housing in the Haitian capital, more than three years after a powerful January 2010 earthquake.

The quake killed more than 200,000 people and left more than a million homeless.

"The victims, a mother and her four children, including a newborn, died inside their small home" built next to the fence of a nearby factory, said Nadia Lochard of Haiti's Civil Protection Office.

Powerful rains have lashed Port-au-Prince in recent days, bringing misery to the many living in precarious conditions.