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Haiti wants refugees back in ravaged neighborhoods

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - The rapidly approaching rainy season is the latest worry in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, where officials are now urging the homeless to return to their destroyed neighborhoods.

Officials had initially planned to build big camps outside Port-au-Prince, but they decided this week to instead emphasize getting people to pack up their tents and tarps and go home.

For that to be possible, authorities will need to demolish hundreds if not thousands of buildings and remove mountains of rubble.

A 20-minute downpour yesterday evening served as a reminder of what's to come as streets streamed with runoff.

A government architect suggested that Haitians, who expect little of their corrupt and inefficient government, may largely be left to sort it out themselves.


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