Relief workers are bracing for the extra-active hurricane season and hoping against hope that it does not unleash the kind of flooding and landslides which have killed thousands of Haitians in the past -- even without the kind of vulnerable situation that the poor Caribbean country now finds itself in.According to an estimate by Colorado State University researchers, the six-month season, which began last week, could say as many as 18 named tropical storms and five hurricanes rated category 3 and higher. Though this estimate is slightly lower than the one from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the odds are high that a major storm will wallop Haiti this year.
"This is a prospect that we're certainly not happy about ... We don't want to have a secondary disaster on our hands," Julie Schindall, international media officer of Oxfam, said.
Image- ABC News (“A bulldozer removes debris from homes destroyed by the Jan. 12 earthquake, as people search for pieces of metal to sell in Port-au-Prince, Monday, June 7, 2010.”)
Online Sources- CTV, Reuters, NPR