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Haitians Wade through Water


April 12, 2010 — Just days after the government started moving people to higher ground, heavy rain is falling on the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

Fears of the incoming rainy season have been looming over Haiti ever since the devastating January 12th earthquake. And last night, the heavy rain began coming down -- just days after residents started getting transported to higher ground.

On Monday, Haitians living in tent camps spent the day cleaning up after the severe downpour overnight. One resident desribes his current experience. “Our situation is not good. My house is destroyed. I am in the street with my children. I came here for a tent and the rain is my problem. I am not good.”

Government and foreign aid agencies began an operation to move thousands of earthquake survivors out of their tent cities and into safer shelters. Haitian President Rene Preval said special settlements were being set up to house those affected.

Over the next 10 or 12 days, up to 7,500 quake victims are expected to be given the option to relocate, either with host families or at a new settlement set up at Corali -- 20km north of Port-au-Prince.

Some aid organizations have criticized the government and the United Nations for being slow to set up alternative safer sites.

Scattered showers are forecast for the rest of the week. The rainy season officially begins in May.

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