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Earthquake victims relocated as rains loom

April 11, 2010

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— The first of 50,000 earthquake victims that officials fear are most threatened by Haiti’s looming rainy season were relocated Saturday as nonprofit groups scrambled to receive them.

Adults and children living at the Petionville golf course walked up a steep hill with their belongings and climbed into buses that rumbled off to yet another temporary home.

They wore yellow wristbands that indicated their departure time and new neighborhood: Corail-Cesselesse, an extremely dry and dusty area about nine miles north of Port-au-Prince.

U.N. and U.S. officials recommended 7,500 people be relocated within 10 days because they are at high risk of flooding or mudslides in the makeshift camps at the Petionville golf course.

A dozen families were moved Saturday, and 250 families are scheduled to be relocated today as the first of a total of 6,000 people to be shifted to the new camp over the next two weeks, according to aid groups.

It is unclear where the remaining 1,500 people in high-risk areas will be moved, because there is no room for them at the Corail-Cesselesse camp, which covers nearly 11 square miles.

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