8/7/2011 7:20:56 PM
Haitians are bracing for a fresh crisis as meteorologists warn that tropical storm Emily will sweep the island within hours, prompting fears of severe flooding in a country where hundreds of thousands are still without shelter.
Authorities in Haiti, which is struggling to recover from the devastating earthquake of 2010, have advised people to store food and have set aside a fleet of buses for use in the event that residents have to be evacuated from flooded areas.
Emily is expected to hit Hispaniola, the Caribbean island consisting of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, by Wednesday evening
8/7/2011 7:19:01 PM
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said Storm Emily lost force as it moved across the mountains of Hispaniola - the Caribbean island the two nations share.
The storm brought flooding to parts of Haiti's south coast.
But camps housing hundreds of thousands of people made homeless by last year's earthquake have so far been spared.
8/7/2011 7:17:49 PM
On Jan. 12, 2010, a group of second-year nursing students in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, felt their world come apart. Dust drifted between the seams of a cracked ceiling that broke and fell on them in heavy cement chunks. Nearly the entire class was killed, along with their teachers and hundreds of thousands of others as buildings across Port-Au-Prince crashed down on those inside. Survivors staggered into the street, bleeding and broken. They couldn’t tell where they stood; everything familiar had fallen.
Phones around the world started ringing. One call went to Paul Farmer, a lifelong advocate for the Haitian people and co-founder of one of the world’s most notable NGOs, Partners in Health.Farmer is a Harvard anthropologist, doctor and, at the time of the quake, the United Nations’ deputy special envoy to Haiti.
8/7/2011 7:16:36 PM
.MAPLAT, Haiti (AP) — I went to Haiti last year after the earthquake, driven by an excited but vague notion of doing some good in a hurting country.
I went again this year with my eyes open a little wider, not jaded exactly but aware of why some people view these volunteer trips with justified skepticism.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, a place where sewage runs down the streets of the capital and children die because they don't have clean water. It is in desperate need of helpers. Still, I sometimes roll my eyes when Americans visit for a week and come home declaring that their lives have been changed, as if they were not going to happily resettle into their comfy routines. My editor asked me if these trips are just a way for rich people to lessen their collective guilt, and I think that sometimes they are.
8/7/2011 7:15:45 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The tropical storm that brushed the southern coast of Haiti this week killed one person but spared the Caribbean nation the widespread or severe damage that many feared, government officials said Friday.
Tropical Storm Emily threatened to soak more than 600,000 Haitians made homeless after last year's earthquake but the tempest merely skirted the southern coast before it stalled at sea and dissipated.