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Haiti camp evacuated over landslide fears

British aid workers are assisting as thousands of families in Haiti were evacuated for the second time since the nation’s devastating earthquake.

Amid warnings of landslides and flooding, 5,000 people are being moved from one of Port-au-Prince’s most crowded emergency camps created after the disaster in January.

The government is moving vulnerable children and adults from the camp at Petion-Ville Club, in greater Port-au-Prince, to a new emergency relocation camp at Corail Cesselesse, north of the city.

“Families cannot safely stay where they are,” said Save the Children emergency worker Kathryn Bolles.

“Children are particularly at risk. As the rain comes with more frequency, their shelters are likely to be swamped or, worse, they may be washed off the hillside. With the already present dangers presented by overcrowding, children here face even greater threats to their health and well-being as the weather worsens.

“Moving masses of people to a site outside the city and away from services and familiar places is not ideal.

“However, the danger they would face if they remained in untenable areas is too great to ignore. So, Save the Children will be there to assist children and their families - from registration at Petion-Ville Club to arrival at Corail.”

The magnitude 7.0 quake which struck in mid-January killed more than 200,000 people and left more than one million people in need of aid.

Haiti was the western hemisphere’s poorest nation before the earthquake hit.

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