Storm tears through Haitian tent camps
Several people are reportedly killed and many more injured in the fall downpour.
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.
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People displaced by the January quake are left without shelter after a storm collapsed their tent at a camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.