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Sandy leaves Haiti families homeless

11-01-2012 17:18 BJT Special Report:Hurricane Sandy slams US |

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As the US struggles to regain its footing after being hit by superstorm Sandy, the full extent of the damage in Haiti is only beginning to emerge. Haiti has reported the highest death toll in the Caribbean, as swollen rivers and landslides claimed at least 52 lives, according to the country’s Civil Protection Office.

More than three days of relentless rain left roads and bridges heavily damaged, cutting off access to several towns and a key border crossing with the Dominican Republic. In the capital Port-au-Prince, hurricane-strength Sandy destroyed buildings and tent camps alike, where more than 300,000 victims of the 2010 earthquake are still living. Haitian authorities say 18,000 families have been left homeless by this latest natural disaster.

Aid organizations are reporting a sharp rise in suspected cholera cases, with at least 86 new cases in Port-au-Prince’s earthquake survivor camps. The reports suggest that Haiti is suffering the worst impact of those countries hit by Sandy.

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