Just as predicted, the rainy season in Haiti, which began a month ago, has unleashed a cholera upsurge that is producing at least 150 new cases daily in the country, against the backdrop of floods, mudslides and floating debris and human waste that are contaminating water in Port-au-Prince and dislocating tens of thousands from misnamed "temporary shelters."
Heavy rains, mass evacuations and new cholera cases are also hitting the Dominican Republic which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
This is genocide pure and simple—just what the British Royal Society ordered.
Rains are pummeling all of Haiti's departments, but the most affected are those in the southeast—Nippes, Grand Anse and Quest. Floods and mudslides killed at least ten people in the last week of April. Crops, animals and housing have been destroyed and at least 10,000 people have been moved out of the "displaced persons" camps in the capital—to "emergency shelter" that is probably no better. Some of the city's streets have become lakes.
That cholera would return with the onset of the rainy season was a known fact. Yet there aren't enough medical personnel or facilities to handle the rising number of cases. Nor, two years after the 2010 earthquake, is there any improved sanitation infrastructure to guarantee clean drinking water for the population. What is being offered to Haitians as their hope for the future is the construction of seven luxury hotels in and around the capital, to attract tourists and investment, as the story goes.
Dr. John Carroll, a physician working in Port-au-Prince's slums, reports that Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is doing most of the "heavy lifting" in providing cholera care, seeing a tripling of cases at its cholera treatment centers (CTCs) in Port-au-Prince and Leogane alone in just a month. MSF had to reopen its CTC in Carrefour in the southern part of the capital to deal with the new influx of patients and prevent other CTCs closer to the city from being overwhelmed.
In the Central Plateau region, 225 cases were recorded just last week. In that region's main city, Hinche, 29 people died in a month.
Exacerbating the situation, is the fact that there is no functioning government in the country and the situation is rapidly descending into chaos. President Michael Martelly has been hospitalized in Miami for the past three weeks, and there is no one to take his place, as his choice for a new Prime Minister has not been ratified. Armed paramilitary groups are roaming the streets, and even stormed the Parliament last week to try to force deputies to vote up Martelly's choice for Prime Minister, to no avail. There have been high-profile political murders, killings of policemen, which have caused the police force to go on strike, making the chaos worse.