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Ways to help Haiti in wake of hurricane Tomas

After a January earthquake leveled Haiti's capital and left more than 300,000 dead, and a deadly cholera outbreak in October, Haiti now faces fallout from hurricane Tomas.

By Correspondent / November 5, 2010

A Haitian earthquake survivor reinforces his tent, under the rain, at a provisional camp while Tropical Storm Tomas passes in Port-au-Prince, on Nov. 5.

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Although Haiti has not received the direct hit from hurricane Tomas that so many feared, wind and rain from the storm are going to exacerbate the already tenuous situation in the battered island nation.

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More than 1.3 million Haitians are living in makeshift shelters in Haiti's tent cities, still homeless after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that leveled their homes and killed 300,000 people in January. Since last month more than 400 people have died in a cholera outbreak. The flooding, mudslides, and destruction that could come with hurricane Tomas have many wondering if the country, the people, and the aid efforts are at their breaking point.

Aid organizations are not yet putting out calls for supplies or volunteers in response to the storm, but many temporarily diverted their earthquake and cholera relief efforts to prepare Haitians for the storm and its aftermath. Many are assisting, with efforts to evacuate the tent cities and other unsafe shelters and move people into sturdier structures.

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