2 yrs after quake ruined Haiti,storm rains misery

Forecasters said the storm could eventually hit Florida as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of nearly 160 kph.

Written by Associated Press | Published: August 26, 2012 1:26 am

Tropical storm Isaac pushed into Cuba Saturday after sweeping across Haiti’s southern peninsula,where it brought flooding and at least three deaths,adding to the misery of a poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake.

Forecasters said the storm could eventually hit Florida as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of nearly 160 kph.

At least three people were reported dead. A woman and a child died in the Haitian town of Souvenance,Sen Francisco Delacruz told a local radio station. A 10-year-old girl died in Thomazeau when a wall fell on her,said Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste,director of Haiti’s Civil Protection Office. She said as many as 5,000 people were evacuated because of flooding.

Many,however,stayed and suffered. The Grive River overflowed north of Port-au-Prince,sending chocolate-brown water spilling through the sprawling shantytown of Cite Soleil,where many people grabbed what they could of their possessions and carried them on their heads,wading through waist-deep water.

“From last night,we’re in misery,’’ said Cite Soleil resident Jean-Gymar Joseph. “All our children are sleeping in the mud,in the rain.’’

More than 50 tents in a quake settlement collapsed,forcing people to scramble through the mud to try to save their belongings.

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