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Rainy season arrives in shattered Haiti

Rainy season arrives in shattered Haiti
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Port-au-Prince residents have been clearing rubbish that has been piling up on the streets and canals since January’s earthquake

Haiti’s authorities are concerned that now the rainy season is upon them, the downpours could trigger a variety of diseases including TB and Malaria which could take a heavy toll in the capital’s crowded and unsanitary refugee camps.

One volunteer said: “We are very scared if rain starts the same thing that happened at Les Cayes will happen here and we won’t know what to do.”

Les Cayes is 400 Kilometres south of the capital where at least eight people drowned after heavy rain flooded the town.

With the onslaught of bad weather the government has decided to reverse its plan to house thousands of homeless quake survivors in a huge tent city. Instead they want refugees to return to the places they fled.

Instead of the flimsy temporary structures which are unlikely to withstand Haiti’s torrential rains waterproof plastic tarpaulins are being distributed.