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2 yrs after quake ruined Haiti, storm rains misery

Aug 26 2012, 01:26 IST
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SummaryForecasters said the storm could eventually hit Florida as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of nearly 160 kph.

Tropical storm Isaac pushed into Cuba Saturday after sweeping across Haiti’s southern peninsula, where it brought flooding and at least three deaths, adding to the misery of a poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake.

Forecasters said the storm could eventually hit Florida as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of nearly 160 kph.

At least three people were reported dead. A woman and a child died in the Haitian town of Souvenance, Sen Francisco Delacruz told a local radio station. A 10-year-old girl died in Thomazeau when a wall fell on her, said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of Haiti’s Civil Protection Office. She said as many as 5,000 people were evacuated because of flooding.

Many, however, stayed and suffered. The Grive River overflowed north of Port-au-Prince, sending chocolate-brown water spilling through the sprawling shantytown of Cite Soleil, where many people grabbed what they could of their possessions and carried them on their heads, wading through waist-deep water.

“From last night, we’re in misery,’’ said Cite Soleil resident Jean-Gymar Joseph. “All our children are sleeping in the mud, in the rain.’’

More than 50 tents in a quake settlement collapsed, forcing people to scramble through the mud to try to save their belongings.

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