November 6, 2010

"Relatively Speaking, Haiti has escaped the danger" of Hurricane Tomas

According to Reuters this morning the death toll in Haiti as a direct consequence of Hurricane Tomas has reached seven. Haitian President René Préval said from the presidential palace that:

Now that, relatively speaking, Haiti has escaped the danger, we have to continue to be vigilant.

According to Imogen Wall, spokeswoman for the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

We have been incredibly lucky on this one. The flooding is still serious, particularly in Leogane, because of the cholera situation …. For once Haiti has been lucky.

Reuters lists the biggest problems caused by Tomas as:

Wind from Tomas blew down some tents at camps for displaced people in the southern coastal city at Jacmel, and a river burst its banks in Leogane, pouring water into the town west of the capital.

Here are some still pictures of that flooding, courtesy of Operation Blessing:

Reuters also points out that:

With the flood threat and the spreading cholera epidemic, Haiti faces major disruption less than a month before November 28 presidential and legislative elections. Electoral officials have not postponed the vote.

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