- Title: HAITI: Flooding recedes as Tropical Storm Isaac moves on
- Date: 27th August 2012
- Summary: PORT-AU-PRINCE HAITI (AUGUST 26, 2012) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF THE SAINT PIERRE CHURCH IN PORT-AU-PRINCE INTERIOR OF CHURCH TOP VIEW OF STREET WITH ROUNDABOUT STREET SWEEPERS VIEW OF THICK CLOUD OVER HILLS/TAPIS ROUGE TENT CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (Croele) TAPIS ROUGE TENT CAMP REPRESENTATIVE, FRITZ SEIDE, SAYING: "All we are asking is for the people who are concerned to bring about aide to the people at this camp because they are left alone and have nothing to eat. When you look around here and you see these children, nobody has even one gourdes (20 U.S cents) to feed them." RESIDENTS IN TENT CAMP VARIOUS OF SHACKS AND TENTS
- Embargoed: 11th September 2012 13:00
- Location: Haiti
- Country: Haiti
- Topics: Disasters,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA3NGCH58HLDA0ABWI5OQ3SHUP8
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- Story Text: Life was slowly returning to normal on Sunday (August 26) for thousands of Haitians living in tent camps as flood waters resulting from Tropical Storm Isaac began to recede.
Isaac drenched impoverished Haiti, still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, and left at least six dead in its wake.
Isaac added to the misery of more than 350,000 survivors of the 2010 earthquake still living in flimsy resettlement camps as water gushed into tents and corrugated plastic shacks were ripped apart by the wind.
"All we are asking is for the people who are concerned to bring about aide to the people at this camp because they are left alone and have nothing to eat. When you look around here and you see these children, nobody has even one gourdes (20 U.S cents) to feed them," said Fritz Seide, the Tapis Rouge tent camp representative.
Authorities said six people were known dead, including a 10-year-old girl killed when a wall fell on her and a woman crushed to death by a falling tree.
Many main roads were blocked or impassable and 14,000 people had been evacuated to shelters, authorities said.
On Sunday, Isaac was back over warm ocean waters, lashing Cuba with winds and rain as it swept toward the Florida Keys, where it was expected to strike at or near hurricane strength later in the day.
No deaths or injuries had been reported in Cuba, which got off lightly when the storm crossed its eastern flank instead of raking up the length of the island as originally predicted, but it still sustained damage.
Isaac was expected to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (169 kph), as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall at midweek on the U.S. Gulf Coast, somewhere between Florida and Louisiana, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said.
The storm's driving winds and heavy rains were already being felt intermittently across south Florida and it was expected to be at or near hurricane force when it swept across the Florida Keys by Sunday evening, the NHC said in an advisory.
A storm becomes a hurricane when sustained winds reach a minimum of 74 miles per hour (119 kph).
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