The United Nations and other organizations working on the ground in Haiti launched a logistically ambitious operation to safeguard the Haitian city of Pierre-Louis as Haiti’s rainy season fast approaches, The Washington Post says. The project aims to create new drainage outlets by mid-April in some of the most vulnerable spots of the city, especially areas near resettlement camps. The plan also includes relocating people living in camps where danger is most imminent.
Failure of this project could result in drastic scenarios, including death of more than 37,000 from floods and mudslides, relief officials noted.
“The rainy season is a freight train headed right at us,” said Anthony Banbury, who, until recently, was the acting second-in-command of the U.N. mission in Port-au-Prince. “We’re in a race against time, and we can’t lose a day.”