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Haiti announces simulation exercises for natural disasters

Port-au-Prince, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Haiti will carry out on May 27 and 28 a simulation exercise (SIMEX) to prepare for natural disasters in the northern part of the country, the Civil Protection Directorate announced.

The actions will aim to sensitize the population of the northern departments about seismic risks and possible catastrophes such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

Earlier this week, Civil Protection warned that the country is exposed to a considerable seismic risk due to the presence of active faults in its northern territory while the vulnerability of the population may broaden the damage caused by earthquakes.

Its director Claude Preptip alerted that other earthquakes are expected, such as the one in 2010, which cost some 300,000 lives, or those that occurred in 1751, 1770 and 1842, respectively.

In addition to earthquakes, Haiti is hit every year by tropical storms, hurricanes and heavy rains, which cause numerous material damages and loss of human lives.