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Haiti struggles to protect residents from Tropical Storm Isaac


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Haiti struggles to protect residents from Tropical Storm Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac continues its sweep across the Caribbean. Heavy rains and 110 kilometre an hour winds have pounded the Dominican Republic.

“The wind has knocked down trees and damaged agriculture, especially avocado. It has ruined everything and it hasn’t even landed,” said farmer Jose Leger who lives near Paraiso, a town in the southwest of the Dominican Republic.

The eye of the storm is heading for Haiti, which shares the same island, and was the scene of a devastating earthquake two years ago.

It was due to hit the capital Port-au-Prince on Saturday afternoon Central European Time.

The Haitian government has admitted that it has limited resources to protect the 300,000 people who still live in tented cities following the quake.

It has attempted to move as many as possible to more secure accommodation, like local schools.

“Yes I’m scared because if the wind blows too hard, it could destroy my tent and the rain could harm my baby. That’s why I agreed to come here,” said Mamoune Amazan, who stays at the Carradeux camp in the Tabarre area, northeast of the city.

There’s a strong chance Isaac could be upgraded to a hurricane as it heads towards the Florida coast.

But forecasters think Cuba with its southeastern mountains should be spared the worst of the storm.
Officials there say they have secured staple food crops and export produce including tobacco and coffee.

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