Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

As Tropical Storms Threaten Haiti, International Community Can, and Must, Do More for Shelter

Center for Economic and Policy Research: Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Watch June 17, 2010 On Tuesday, reported that Haiti will be at an increased risk of flooding this weekend, as a “tropical disturbance toting heavy showers and gusty thunderstorms moves in from the Eastern Atlantic.” The report continues, “In addition, Hurricane Expert Joe Bastardi is predicting a second surge of tropically induced rain in the next two weeks with a tropical wave following the current system…”. Adding that in Haiti, “Most of the shelters available to refugees today consist of tarps and tents that may not be able to withstand extreme weather.” In fact, many on the ground in Haiti have been provided with neither tarps nor tents. Although the Shelter Cluster reports 134 percent coverage of emergency shelter materials, looking deeper at the data shows that this may be […]

Flooding Rain, Mudslides Threaten Haiti this Week

By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist Heavy rain will fall on Haiti this week, raising the possibility of flooding and peril for those left homeless by the devastating earthquake this past winter. Makeshift housing in the form of tents are all that stand between Mother Nature and hundreds of thousands of people. A number of victims still have no shelter at all. Deforestation practices of the past and unstable hillsides following the quake have left some of the terrain very vulnerable to mudslides and flash flooding. An average of 5 to 10 inches of rain is forecast to fall on the region into the weekend. However, local amounts will be higher in the mountains, where runoff will be excessive. Waves of low pressure traveling along a stalled front, combined with heating of the day will allow clusters of heavy […]

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