Haiti Affected by Floods: Thousands Flee Their Homes
Haiti has escaped the full force of Hurricane Tomas, but ensuing floods have forced thousands of people to flee their homes.
On Saturday aid workers told of how the floods have burdened humanitarian challenges, posed by a cholera epidemic.
Thankfully though, the hurricane spared the country, which is still recovering from an earthquake.
Tomas was initially heading towards the west of Haiti on Friday, but altered direction and is now a tropical storm over the Atlantic.
Reuters reported that Haiti had braced itself for the hurricane, as well as it could have.
"People were well prepared, there was good cooperation between the government and the aid community and we have avoided the worst," said Elisabeth Diaz, spokeswoman for the U.N.'s Office for the Coordination of .
However, the flooding wont help the current cholera problem, which is transmitted by contaminated water and food.
So far the diarrheal disease has killed more than 440 people and more than 6,700 others are suffering from it.