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ROLAC MEDIA UPDATE

THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE NEWS

9 September 2008

OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS:

I English

1- Caribbean - Caribbean's devastating storm season

2- Barbados - Barbados PM wants region to assist hurricane victims

3- Cuba - Ike heads for western Cuba, Gulf oil threat eases

4- Cuba - Deadly hurricane heads for Havana

5- Haiti - Aid groups struggle after deady storms in Haiti

6- Trinidad & Tobago - Cleaning up after the flood

1- Caribbean - Caribbean's devastating storm season

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This year's hurricane season has lashed the Caribbean, causing death and destruction from Louisiana's coastline to the eastern tip of the island of Hispaniola. Click on the map for details of the affected regions.

Haiti:

The poorest nation in the western hemisphere has suffered most from 2008's storm season.

Officials estimate more than 500 people died in Tropical Storm Hanna - mostly in the port city of Gonaives.

Hundreds of thousands were forced to flee Hanna, which destroyed houses and deluged cities.

An international aid effort has been launched amid reports of mass shortages of food and drinking water.

The government has expressed fears of a national catastrophe, as floodwaters from Hanna receded revealing the extent of the devastation.

Earlier Hurricane Gustav had already left more than 70 people dead and Tropical Storm Fay had killed nine.

Ike, the fourth storm to hit Haiti this season, has so far killed more than 60 people.

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