Haitian Quake Survivors Endure Heavy Rains, Mud

Haiti's refugee camps are increasingly muddy as the rainy season adds to the misery of earthquake su i

Haitian children walk in the rain near a tent city on March 19, 2010 in Port-au-Prince. THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Haiti's refugee camps are increasingly muddy as the rainy season adds to the misery of earthquake su

Haitian children walk in the rain near a tent city on March 19, 2010 in Port-au-Prince.

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Haitians displaced by January's powerful earthquake and living in tents in the nation's capital were facing major challenges before the start of the rainy season.

But now the damp and mud have only added to their hardships.

The Associated Press reports:

One of the heaviest rainfalls since the Jan. 12 quake has swamped homeless camps, sweeping screaming residents into eddies of water, overflowing latrines and panicking thousands

The overnight downpour sent water coursing down the slopes of a former golf course that now serves as a temporary home for about 45,000 people.

People are using sticks and their bare hands to dig drainage ditches around their tarps and shanties.

Standing water and mud also pervaded a tarp-and-tent city on the outskirts of another camp, several miles away.

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