PORT-AU-PRINCE - HURRICANE Tomas soaked Haiti's crowded earthquake survivors' camps and swamped coastal towns on Friday, triggering flooding and mudslides that killed at least seven people.

The centre of the storm had cleared Haiti's northern coast by nightfall and Haitian authorities believed the worst was over but meteorologists warned there was still a threat from ongoing rain.

'Now that, relatively speaking, Haiti has escaped the danger, we have to continue to be vigilant,' Haitian President Rene Preval said at the presidential palace.

Four people died in the south-western province of Grande Anse, two in South province and one at Belle Anse in South-East province, said Haiti's civil protection director, Alta Jean-Baptiste.

Scattered flooding was reported in the coastal towns of Les Cayes, Jacmel and Leogane.

In the capital Port-au-Prince, still scarred from a devastating Jan 12 earthquake, hundreds of thousands of homeless quake survivors huddled under rain-drenched tent and tarpaulin shelters in muddy encampments. The quake killed more than a quarter of a million people.

Tomas kills 7 in Haiti