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After Isaac’s deluge: Shelter, malaria and cholera biggest concerns in Haiti’s camps
August 26, 2012 by Kate Sands Adams
|These women were among hundreds of thousands of Haitians who rode out Tropical Storm Isaac in tents and makeshift shelters. Photo: Emily Bishop/IRC|
As rain continued to fall on Haiti last night in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaac, I caught up by email with International Rescue Committee country director Miriam Castaneda, who is based in the capital, Port-au-Prince. She and her team had just returned from inspecting storm damage and assessing urgent needs in some of the crowded camps that shelter hundreds of thousands of Haitians who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake. Miriam kindly took time to answer a few questions about what she found there:
What is the extent of the damage in the camps?
What do camp residents need most at this moment?
What are the IRC’s plans to deliver emergency assistance in the camps?