Fatal floods as Hurricane Tomas sweeps over Haiti

| 06/11/2010

(BBC): Heavy rain from Hurricane Tomas has battered western Haiti, causing floods which have killed at least four people. The eye of the storm clipped the island with winds of 85mph. Up to 25cm of rain was forecast. There is a danger of mudslides and further flooding, which could worsen the current cholera epidemic affecting parts of the country. But the storm appeared to have spared the hundreds of thousands of people who rode it out in flimsy tent camps. The government had urged those living in tented homes to find better shelter, but many said they had nowhere to go. The storm has underlined the fact that nearly a year after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, more than 1.3m people are still living in makeshift canvas homes.

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