Haiti Announces Simulation Exercises for Natural Disasters

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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2002 file photo, the streets are flooded in Les Cayes, on Haiti's south coast, after torrential rains from Tropical Storm Lili Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002. Lili appeared to be strengthening and could become a hurricane by Monday, said Martin Nelson, lead forecaster at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. When it comes to natural disasters, the little island of Haiti seems to have a bull's-eye on it. That's because of a killer combination of geography, poverty, social problems, slipshod building standards and bad luck, experts say. (AP Photo/Daniel Morel, File)

The government of Haiti says that it will be carrying out a simulation exercise later this month to prepare for natural disasters in the north of the country.

According to the Civil Protection Directorate, the exercise will be held on May 27 and 28.

The actions will aim to sensitize the population of the northern departments about seismic risks and possible catastrophes such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

Earlier this week, Civil Protection warned that the country is exposed to a considerable seismic risk due to the presence of active faults in its northern territory while the vulnerability of the population may broaden the damage caused by earthquakes.

Its director Claude Preptip alerted that other earthquakes are expected, such as the one in 2010, which cost some 300,000 lives, or those that occurred in 1751, 1770 and 1842, respectively.

In addition to earthquakes, Haiti is hit every year by tropical storms, hurricanes and heavy rains, which cause numerous material damages and loss of human lives.

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