Study: Hunger Widespread After Active Storm Season In Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (December 7, 2012)--Haitians have suffered widespread hunger after an unusually active storm season this year and are likely to experience more, a new study says.

The findings show that rural homes in Haiti's west, north and Grand-Anse departments experienced "severe food shortages" after Hurricane Sandy and a less powerful unnamed storm that followed.

The two brushed Haiti in October and November.

The study also found that people in almost 70 percent of households interviewed said they experienced moderate or severe hunger.

The report echoed United Nations warnings that more than 1.5 million people in Haiti are at risk of malnutrition because of crops lost in the storms.

As much as 90 percent of Haiti's harvest season was destroyed in Sandy's floods.

The Brazil nonprofit Igarape Institute released the report Friday.

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