ANALYSIS-Deadly storms a big setback for impoverished Haiti
Sun Sep 14, 2008 12:48pm EDT
By Matthew Bigg
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The sight of the Haitian port city of Gonaives sitting in a slick of polluted water is only the most visible symbol of the damage done to the Caribbean nation of 9 million by four consecutive storms this summer.
The severe flooding is a major setback for a poor country struggling to pull itself out of a downward spiral. In addition to killing hundreds of people, the storms hurt agriculture production, particularly of the staple crop, rice, and damaged infrastructure throughout Haiti.
Bridges between Gonaives and the capital collapsed, cutting roads crucial to the delivery of aid. Relief workers described severe damage to roads in the southeast of the country with mudslides, landslides and the formation of new rivers.
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