At least fully one eighth of Haiti's population is now homeless.
The conditions are more than dire, after being beaten by hurricanes four times, one, two, three, FOUR.
[ In Haiti, rescue groups have no access to many interior villages across the southern region and to hard-hit Gonaives, north of the capital, which was cut off when a bridge collapsed. A Red Cross truck trying to reach Les Cayes on the southern coast had to turn back because of impassable roads.
''The flooding is more extensive than people realize, and it's awful how little relief has been able to get into Gonaives and other areas,'' said Dr. Arthur Fournier, a University of Miami physician who co-founded Project Medishare, a charity that transports medical aid to Haiti.
Thousands of Haitians have been living in hospitals as temporary shelters, Fournier said. ''They are going to be stuck there for a long time,'' he said. ``They don't have homes to go back to.''
Local, national and international groups worry that a secondary disaster could arise from water-borne diseases. Fournier's group is trying to send LifeStraws to Haiti -- hand-held devices that purify water. Humanitarian workers said the most crucial supplies they need is water, sanitation items and food. ]
In other news from Cuba, the progress at restoring the power grid and other infrastructural systems in Pinar del Rio has proceeded at a speed and effectiveness that has even surprised the government.
Of course, Ike has been beating up Cuba via rain and wind for the last two days. But apparantly Havana was spared the worst. Camaguey took a good pasting, and Baracoa was devasted. But Havana is at least not getting pounded by a Cat 3.
At this time it looks as though New Orleans shall again be spared, as Ike seems headed for Corpus, Port Arthur region.