Haitians left homeless in the aftermath of the country’s deadliest earthquake in a decade were forced to hunker down in tent shelters Tuesday as Tropical Storm Grace swept through the region.
Heavy rain fell over Les Cayes, the southern coastal city that bore the brunt of the 7.2 magnitude quake that killed more than 1,400 people across Haiti.
Inside a tent city, hundreds of people scrambled to repair makeshift coverings made of wooden poles and tarps that were destroyed by Grace overnight.
Some took cover under plastic sheets.
PERSON LEFT HOMELESS AFTER QUAKE, THEARD ANDRISE: "The rain fell on top of us. We slept sitting down on chairs. Nobody has come to help us. We have no tarpaulins, we sleep here sitting down. I don't want to go home. I am in God's hands."
PERSON LEFT HOMELESS AFTER QUAKE, MICHELINE MOROSE: "It's not good here by the coast. My home was destroyed. I have nothing, nothing to use to sleep. Look, there's lots of children here. I really have nothing."
The storm complicated rescue efforts and made it difficult to provide aid and relief to hundreds of thousands left struggling for food, water or shelter.
According to Haitian authorities, with about 37,312 houses destroyed by the quake, and many of those still unexcavated, the death toll is expected to rise.
Haiti's latest natural disaster comes just over a month after Haiti was plunged into political turmoil by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise on July 7.