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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Populations at Risk From Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey head-on with devastating effect, thus far killing 62 people in the US, according to the latest news that I could find at this moment. Here in the US, the news is about the US almost exclusively, but the hurricane left devastation in far less resilient places in the Caribbean, especially Haiti, before it roared up the east coast of the US, as the BBC News points out:
Fears are growing of food shortages in Haiti, after the strong winds and heavy rain of Hurricane Sandy caused extensive crop damage.
Aid workers and officials are also warning that flooding could lead to a sharp rise in cholera cases.
Sandy is blamed for some 70 deaths in the Caribbean. Of these more than 50 were in Haiti.
The cleanup everywhere will be slow, tedious, and costly, but as almost always, it will be the poor who will suffer the most and for the longest.

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