Hurricane Tomas Levels Quake-Shattered Town in Haiti


According to the Associated Press, Hurricane Tomas flooded the earthquake-shattered remains of Leogane, a Haitian town on Friday, forcing families who had already lost their homes in one disaster to flee another. Driving winds and storm surge battered Leogane, a seaside town west of Port-au-Prince that was near the epicenter of the Jan. 12 earthquake and was 90 percent destroyed. In the country's capital, quake refugees resisted calls to abandon flimsy tarp-and-tent camps. The growing hurricane, with 85 mph (140 kph) winds, was battering the western tip of Haiti's southern peninsula and the cities of Jeremie and Les Cayes. At least three people died trying to cross swollen rivers, Haiti civil-protection officials said. The center of the storm was about 140 miles (230 kilometers) northwest of Port-au-Prince, draping charcoal clouds over the city. Steady rain turned the streets of the capital into flowing canals that carried garbage through the city. Farther north in Gonaives, a coastal city twice inundated by recent tropical storms, police evacuated more than 200 inmates from one prison to another. Aid workers are concerned that the storm will worsen Haiti's cholera epidemic, which has killed more than 440 people and hospitalized more than 6,700 others. When it rains, it pours. We're keeping Haiti in our thoughts and prayers.

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