There is growing concern that earthquake-ravaged Haiti is unprepared for nature’s next challenge, the looming rainy season.
Torrential downpours usually begin in early April but it is six weeks after the devastating earthquake, and all that protects hundreds of thousands of homeless people is plastic sheeting. The displaced are now being forced to move again, out of their camps and onto safer ground back in their destroyed neighbourhoods.
Vlackov Abramoskiev, a supervisor for the International Organisation for Migration said:
“The purpose is to register all the residents of Champ de Mars in order to find out their addresses, so some action can be taken in organising their orderly and safe return home. Because the rainy season is coming and it’s really not safe for the people to stay there.”
Monsoons threaten to bring mudslides, help disease spread and cause buildings weakened by the earthquake to collapse. After that, in June, an even more frightening menace awaits: the onset of the hurricane season. Time is quickly running out for the country to be ready.