Storm tears through Haitian tent camps

Sev­eral peo­ple are re­port­edly killed and many more in­jured in the fall down­pour.

Los Angeles Times - - The World - as­so­ci­ated press

port-au-prince, haiti — The sud­den pow­er­ful storm that ripped through Haiti’s bat­tered cap­i­tal de­stroyed thou­sands of tents in the home­less camps where more than 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple are liv­ing eight months af­ter the earth­quake de­stroyed their homes, shel­ter of­fi­cials said Satur­day. Five peo­ple were killed

in Fri­day af­ter­noon’s storm, in­clud­ing two chil­dren. Hun­dreds of peo­ple were in­jured, au­thor­i­ties said.

Pre­lim­i­nary United Na­tions es­ti­mates were that more than 2,000 tents had been dam­aged or de­stroyed. In­ter­na­tional shel­ter of­fi­cials said that num­ber could rise be­yond 5,000 when as­sess­ments are com­plete.

The storm’s ef­fect was made worse by the flim­si­ness of tarps and tents that have been bak­ing, soak­ing and flap­ping in the Caribbean el­e­ments since the Jan. 12 earth­quake killed about 300,000 peo­ple and left mil­lions home­less.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of fam­i­lies con­tinue liv­ing on the streets of Port-auPrince, the cap­i­tal, wait­ing for some sort of hous­ing.

Re­con­struc­tion has barely be­gun de­spite bil­lions of dol­lars pledged for Haiti in the wake of the dis­as­ter.

Less than 15% of money promised at the U.N. donors con­fer­ence in March has been de­liv­ered.

The United States, which spent more than $1.1 bil­lion in hu­man­i­tar­ian aid af­ter the quake, has not de­liv­ered any of its promised long-term funds.

The storm was not part of any trop­i­cal sys­tem but rather a stan­dard early fall Caribbean sys­tem, the U.S. Na­tional Hur­ri­cane Cen­ter said.


Ra­mon Espinosa

Peo­ple dis­placed by the Jan­uary quake are left with­out shel­ter af­ter a storm col­lapsed their tent at a camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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