Heavy rain soaks tent city in Port Au Prince

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March 19, 2010, 9:54 pm
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(NECN: RD Sahl) - The humanitarian crisis in Haiti has taken on new urgency. Officials have been warning for weeks that encampments sheltering the homeless are in danger of washing away when the rainy season starts.

Last night, the rain came.
People were digging drainage ditches with their hands after heavy rain soaked the tent city set up on a golf course near Port Au Prince.
     
More than 40 thousand people living in tents and lean-tos perched on a hillside.  Humanitarian officials have been hoping to re-locate people before the rainy season starts in April.

How right he was. Thursday night, a hint of what could happen. Heavy rain swamped tents and flooded latrines. There were reports of panicked families in the rain trying to stay together.

This man says he stayed up all night with his children, trying to shelter them

The Haitian government has been trying to set up more stable camps outside Port Au Prince, but there's been trouble finding sites. Not one of the planned five camps has been built.

Tags: Haiti, flooding, Port au Prince
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