As Haiti Escapes Hurricane Irene, Citizens Worry of Safety in Next Storms

    Dark clouds hang over a camp for people displaced by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Photo by: Logan Abassi / UN

    Haiti was mostly spared from the onslaught of Hurricane Irene, which only left isolated damage and did not cause the anticipated serious emergencies, the United Nations has noted.

    Residents in various makeshift camps in the country, however, have expressed concern regarding their safety during the next storm to threaten Haiti.

    “When the rain comes, we’re in danger. Look how close we are to the riverbed,”  IPS News quoted a camp resident in Petit-Goave, who added that residents there felt abandoned by the Haitian government and its international partners.

    The resident, a mother of five, also complained of the “sordid conditions” her family and fellow camp residents live in. IPS News says most makeshift camps across Haiti lack quality water and sanitation facilities. Cholera also continues to affect thousands of people in the country.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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