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Haiti quake victims hit by violent rainstorm

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Haiti quake victims hit by violent rainstorm


Several people have been killed by a sudden storm in Haiti, as the country still tries to recover from January’s earthquake.

The storm swept through the capital Port-au-Prince, tearing roofs off houses, uprooting trees and electric pylons, and flooding several districts.

Thousands of tents put up as emergency shelters after the quake have been destroyed.

One tent city resident blamed the government for dragging its feet before the storm. “We have been here for almost nine months,” said Yvrose Chery. “The tents are designed to last for only three months.”

The government should have shown more compassion, she added, saying it should have asked the international community for more help.

At least five people died in camps built for the homeless after the earthquake; some reports put the number at 11. Dozens were injured.

Nine months after the quake permanent help has been slow to reach those afflicted, despite billions of euros promised in international aid.

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