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TOMAS Could Unleash Deadly Flooding in Haiti

Posted by feww on November 4, 2010


Tropical Storm Tomas Barreling Toward Haiti Threatening 1.5 Million with Deadly Flooding

Tomas with maximum sustained winds of about 90km per hour seems to be headed directly toward Haiti, striking the country on Friday.

The storm could quickly reorganize into a hurricane force before making a probable landfall in Haiti (island of Hispaniola).

Tropical Storm TOMAS – IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement). Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Tropical Storm TOMAS and its projected trajectories as of posting. Source: NOAA/TPC via CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Heavily deforested and mountainous Haiti is particularly vulnerable to extreme rain events, flooding and mudslides. TOMAS is carrying a tremendous amount of precipitation and could claim heavy casualties among some 1.5 million people who live in overcrowded tent cities and makeshift camps in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince, since the January earthquake

Meanwhile, death toll from Haiti’s cholera epidemic has climbed to 442, with at least 105 more deaths reported since Saturday, a 40 percent jump in new cases, Haitian health authorities said. Some 2,000 more patients have been hospitalized, raising the total number of cases to about 7,000. TOMAS could worsen the outbreak.

“The biggest fear is people being caught by high waters and the potential spread of cholera,” the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Haiti said. “People should (not) be under the misapprehension that it (the epidemic) is under control. The cholera epidemic is likely to spread.”

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