PORT-AU-PRINCE — On rainy days, Viervelie Louis scrambles inside her makeshift home of plywood and metal sheets to gather basins to catch the water that leaks through. Louis’ bed inevitably gets soaked. At times, so does she and her two children.
“I get cold,” said Louis, 62, of those rainy times inside her home in Rue des Collines, Port-au-Prince. “I get body aches, it really hurts. Water flows inside the house like in the streets of Port-au-Prince.”
“It breaks my heart,” Louis continued. “Especially when they say a storm is coming — I have no choice, so I have to resign myself to it [accept].”
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