Remnants of Emily are Big Trouble for Haiti

By: Nate Harrington Email
By: Nate Harrington Email

In the last 20 months, Haiti endured an earthquake which killed three hundred thousand and left half a million homeless, and Hurricane Tomas which killed 35 more.

Taylor Mason travels down to the Caribbean nation with the Tallahassee Haiti Medical Team and says the country is still in crisis mode.

Taylor Mason with Tallahassee Haiti Medical Team says, "There's a lot of people misplaced. A lot of people not having houses, living together in shacks and tents. It's just not very good conditions for people."

The National Hurricane Center downgraded Emily to a remnant low but it still could drop as much as a foot of rain in the next day or so as it moves slowly to the northwest.

But meteorologists are worried about rainfall pouring down from the mountains above to the tent cities below.

Taylor Mason says, "It would just be devastating the flooding and the possible water-borne diseases. And you know people are just starting to establish their businesses again and homes whether it's a tent or a shack. And it would just be devastating for them to have to start over again."

About twelve thousand U.N. peacekeepers arrived in Haiti to prepare for the storm and help with the relief efforts once it's gone.

With Emily weakening, Haiti did catch a break. Something this country hasn't seen in a very long time.

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