29 May 2004

Deforestation led to Haiti’s floodsiafrica.com
forestHaitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue on Friday attributed Haiti’s deadly flash floods to the Caribbean country’s massive deforestation.

“The deep cause of this situation is the deforestation of Haiti,” Latortue said at the summit of European and Latin American leaders in Guadalajara, Mexico. We have lost more than 80 percent of forest because people like to use wood charcoal as a source of energy,”

A UN spokeswoman said there were 1500 dead or missing in Haiti alone.

“We can’t go on like this,” he said of the deforestation issue. “When I return I have plans to speak with the government to invite students in a re-forestation project.”

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