Haitians Displaced by Earthquake Scramble for Shelter as Storm Bears Down

Haitians raced to shelter under makeshift tents, umbrellas, and inside vehicles in Les Cayes on August 16 as Tropical Storm Grace whipped through the area, just days after the country was struck by a deadly magnitude-7.2 earthquake.

This footage from Jean Handy Tibert shows people hastening to tie down tents as they are battered by high winds and rain. An elderly woman is seen walking with a cane before a man carries her over waterlogged surfaces and into a car.

Haiti’s civil protection agency said on August 17 that between 300 and 600 people had died in Les Cayes department as a result of the earthquake on August 14.

Ahead of the storm, the agency issued an orange alert, warning of heavy rains and strong gusts of wind, and noting the gravity of the situation in the Grandans, Southern and Nip departments “where the earthquake has already caused major landslides and landslides and put many people on the streets.”

The agency urged people to show “solidarity” with evacuees. “Remember adults, children, people with disabilities and others in need,” it said. Credit: Jean Handy Tibert via Storyful

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