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Deforestation has left Haiti vulnerable to natural disaster.  It is determined that the absence of trees on the country's hills and mountains leave the surface unable to absorb large amounts of rainfall, resulting in large amounts of flooding.  The lack of trees also allows high winds to sweep through the areas more easily.  Haiti lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and is subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding and earthquakes, and occasionally, droughts

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Top 10 Natural Disasters in Haiti
sorted by numbers of people killed and affected
Disaster Date Killed
Wind Storm 3-Oct-1963 5,000
Wind Storm 17-Sep-2004 2,754
Flood 23-May-2004 2,665
Wind Storm 21-Oct-1935 2,150
Wind Storm 12-Aug-1915 1,600
Wind Storm 15-Nov-1994 1,122
Flood 14-Nov-1963 500
Wind Storm 29-Sep-1966 480
Wind Storm 12-Oct-1954 410
Wind Storm 5-Aug-1980 300
Disaster Date Affected
Wind Storm 15-Nov-1994 1,587,000
Famine Apr-1992 1,000,000
Wind Storm 11-Sep-1988 870,000
Drought Nov-1974 507,000
Drought 1977 450,000
Wind Storm 5-Aug-1980 330,000
Wind Storm 17-Sep-2004 315,594
Wind Storm 12-Oct-1954 250,000
Drought 1968 210,217
Flood 20-Dec-2003 150,000
Created on: Apr-27-2005. - Data version: v04.05

Source:"EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database,
www.em-dat.net - Université catholique de Louvain - Brussels - Belgium"

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