Haiti evacuation effort stalls as storm closes in

Thu Nov 4, 2010 4:47pm GMT

* Tropical Storm Tomas to pass near Haiti Thursday night

* Youth protesters disrupt evacuation effort in tent camp

* Sprawling seaside slum in capital prone to flooding

By Matthew Bigg

CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Angry earthquake survivors in Haiti disrupted an attempted evacuation on Thursday of a resettlement camp as Tropical Storm Tomas bore down on the poor Caribbean country already reeling from a cholera epidemic and destruction from the quake.

Tomas was expected to hit Haiti on Thursday night, battering the stark and largely deforested land with surging waves and torrential rains of up to 10 or 15 inches (25-38 cm) in some areas.

An effort to move some 2,000 people from Corail, an exposed camp outside Port-au-Prince set up by the United Nations and aid groups to resettle homeless quake survivors, was obstructed by camp dwellers worried that authorities were trying to permanently move them out.

More than 100 yelling youths broke tables set up by aid workers to process the evacuees from the tent and tarpaulin camp of some 7,700 people located at the base of several bare hills outside of the quake-ravaged Haitian capital.

Aid workers say the camp's location at the confluence of several streams makes it particularly vulnerable to flooding.   Continued...

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