Caritas Helping Haiti After Hurricane Tomas

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, NOV. 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Caritas is redoubling its efforts for Haiti after the island was struck by a hurricane Friday that caused at least 20 deaths.

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The international aid organization was already focused on Haiti because of the Jan. 12 earthquake that destroyed the capital, as well as the cholera epidemic that followed in the devastation of the quake and has killed more than 500 people.

Caritas’ evaluation efforts after Friday’s newest catastrophe seek to put into force an emergency plan prepared from beforehand.

Officials from Caritas Spain — which has been one of the organizations most active in post-quake reconstruction — explained that the emergency plan was activated before the hurricane struck. It will assist some 20,000 flood victims, providing basic materials such as food, hygiene products and water treatment supplies.

The Caritas workers lamented that this newest natural disaster «implies an added difficulty for the precarious hygienic and sanitary conditions of Haiti, complicating even more the plan to contain the cholera epidemic.»

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