Haiti Battles Hurricane Sandy and Cholera

November 2, 2012

More than 50 people have died in Haiti from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Caribbean island in late October, washing away crops and threatening to worsen a cholera epidemic.

River Swells

Heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy causes the Croix de Mission river to swell to levels that threaten to flood the homes along its bank in Port-au-Prince on Oct. 25. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Flooded Tents

Haitians walk through mud after rains from Hurricane Sandy flooded their tent encampment in Port-au-Prince on Oct. 26. Sandy also affected houses that were under repair, said the International Rescue Committee’s Haiti Country Director Miriam Castaneda. Overall, according to government estimates, more than 18,000 households were damaged by the storm, she said. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Falling Palm

A coconut tree in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince falls and is washed away by rains from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 26. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Waist-high Water

Haitians walk through a street flooded by rains in Port-au-Prince. Hurricane Sandy caused an estimated $300 million in damages, more than last year’s Hurricane Irene. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

More Than Showers

A Haitian woman dons a shower cap as Hurricane Sandy douses the Caribbean island in late October. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Bailing Out

A Haitian woman scoops mud out of her flooded tent home in Port-au-Prince. It’s taking awhile for the tents to dry, because rains continue during the evenings, said the International Rescue Committee’s Haiti Country Director Miriam Castaneda. “There is a lot of debris and garbage that still needs to be collected and some people have taken to the streets to clean. ” Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Staying Dry

A boy uses oversized rain boots to try to keep dry in the storm. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Cholera Treatment

Patients diagnosed with cholera receive treatment at a medical center run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) outside of Port-au-Prince on Nov. 1. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Haiti’s Epidemic

A child is treated in the cholera ward at San Luc Hospital in Tabarre, just outside Port-au-Prince. Haiti’s cholera epidemic began two years ago. The bacterium is spread by fecal-oral contact. Photo: Nicole See/NewsHour

Cases Increase

Doctors Without Borders reported an increase in the number of patients being admitted to its hospital outside Port-au-Prince since Hurricane Sandy tore through the Caribbean nation at the end of October. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters

Food and Health

A girl gets a bath while receiving treatment for cholera. Haiti is facing food shortages, because of disruptions in agriculture production due to the storm, and the spread of illness from the flooding, according to U.N. humanitarian officials. Photo: Swoan Parker/Reuters



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