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Haiti struggles in Hurricane Sandy aftermath

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 - 01:11

Oct. 31 - Haitians struggle with the clean up after Hurricane Sandy as an aid agency warns that food security in the country is at risk, after farmland was destroyed by flooding. Sarah Charlton reports.

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Haitians wade through floodwater, just days after severe rains from Hurricane Sandy battered the Caribbean nation. Fifty-two lives were claimed across the country as the storm triggered landslides and devastated infrastructure. As the country counts the full extent of the damage, an aid agency has warned that food security is now at risk. The World Food Programme says damage to crops in the south of the country is the latest blow for struggling agriculture. SOUNDBITE: WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME DIRECTOR IN HAITI MYRTA KAULARD SAYING (English): "It's basically nearly all types of crops that have been affected. The drought has affected some, Isaac has affected others and now Sandy has affected the only part of the country that had remained untouched and that could still rely on a normal level of agriculture." The World Food Programme has urged action so rural sectors can recover and meet demands for the next planting season. Haiti has seen violent demonstrations in the past over the rising cost of food.

Haiti struggles in Hurricane Sandy aftermath

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012 - 01:11

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