Haiti’s reeling from stormy season

November 14, 2012
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The rain has tapered off and floodwaters no longer claw at houses, but the situation across much of Haiti remained grim Tuesday following an autumn of punishing rains that have killed scores of people and threaten to cause even more hunger across the impoverished nation.

Heavy rains began falling in southern Haiti even before Hurricane Sandy passed just west of the country’s southern peninsula the night of Oct. 24, dropping more than 20 inches of rain within 24 hours.

The United Nations said that 21,000 people have been left homeless by Sandy and estimates that more than 1.5 million people are now at risk of malnutrition because they were either displaced or lost crops, forcing Haitians to rely heavily on more-expensive imports.

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