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Lack of Trees Adds to Haiti Flooding

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Lack of Trees Adds to Haiti Flooding

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Lack of Trees Adds to Haiti Flooding

Lack of Trees Adds to Haiti Flooding

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Commentator Daniel Erikson, director of Caribbean Programs at the Inter-American Dialogue, reflects on the destruction of trees in Haiti. Some 4,000 people have died this year in mudslides and flash floods, including the many who died last week because of Jeanne, which was then at tropical-storm strength. The Caribbean country was covered with green 200 years ago. Now it has less than 1 percent forests, causing many to call Haiti a Caribbean desert.