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Study: Widespread hunger in Haiti after storms

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitians have suffered widespread hunger following an unusually active storm season this year and probably will experience more, according to a study released Friday.

The report, backed by a Rio de Janeiro-based think tank, found that rural households in the heavily hit areas of Haiti’s West, North, and Grand-Anse departments experienced what it termed ‘‘severe food shortages’’ after Hurricane Sandy and an unnamed storm that followed. The two merely brushed the Caribbean nation in October and November but caused major flooding and killed as many as 66 people.

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Nearly 70 percent of the more than 1,000 households interviewed said they experienced moderate or severe hunger, according to the study.

The report was written by social scientists who frequently work in the impoverished country. It echoes UN warnings that more than 1.5 million Haitians are at risk of malnutrition because they lost crops in the storms. As much as 90 percent of Haiti’s harvest season was destroyed in Sandy’s floods, the UN said.

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