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Hurricanes and rain threaten more Haitian misery

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Hurricanes and rain threaten more Haitian misery


A month after Haiti was rocked by a powerful earthquake, the survivors have been swamped  by heavy rain, and are now facing a threat from the immiment hurricane season.
With a million people living in the streets or in makeshift tent cities, the European Union said shelter is the most burning need in Haiti now.
EU officials are planning to send a military mission to put roofs over heads before the rainy season takes hold in earnest next month.
Two years ago Haiti was hit by four tropical storms in succession. A repeat of that would heap more misery on those who already have nothing.
So far, it is known that more than 200,000 people died in the earthquake and its aftermath.
A third of Haiti’s 9-million population has been affected by the disaster in some way.
And a quarter of a million houses have been razed to the ground.
Up until last week, the Red Cross alone had distributed 15-million litres of drinking water and handed out cooking kits, blankets, mosquito nets and other emergency essentials to 37,000 families.
But the Haitian government has put job creation towards the top of its priority list.
The UN Development programme is spending around 150,000 euros a day employing an army of 35,000 workers for the clear-up operation.
Officials reckon there are 63-million tons of rubble to shift.
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