Thirteen killed, hundreds homeless in Haiti flooding

Floods brought on by three days of heavy rain have claimed 13 lives and left the more than 1 million people living in tent camps since the Jan. 12 earthquake struggling to shore up their makeshift shelters.

The unexpected storms caused the greatest damage in the capital of Port-au-Prince and the towns of Leogane and Carrefour west of the city, near the quake’s epicenter.

Several people were swept away in landslides and flash floods in the coastal mountainous areas.

Niek de Goeij, head of the community resettlement program for Catholic Relief Services in Haiti, told Catholic News Service that this week’s storms were the most recent “act of God” that earthquake victims had to face. “It’s more of the same,” he said.

Two of the transitional shelters constructed by the agency in Carrefour, about 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince, were destroyed, but families living in more than 100 others escaped unharmed.

Further west in Leogane, the United Nations said at least 4,000 people were forced from their homes. Potable water, food and hygiene kits were most in need.

Scattered thunderstorms were expected today and tomorrow, mostly over Haiti’s southern peninsula.

Despite the regular downpours, earthquake-battered Haiti has escaped largely unscathed during this year’s hurricane season, which runs June 1-Dec. 1. No tropical storms have hit the country yet this season, but the country has had two other bouts with severe thunderstorms and flooding since Sept. 24. About 20 people were killed in those storms.

In anticipation of the hurricane season, agencies such as CRS have hired hundreds of Haitians to clean drainage canals and ditches of trash and debris to prevent more extensive flooding.

Archbishops Burke, Wuerl among new cardinals

VATICAN CITY  — Here is the list of the 24 cardinals-designate, in the order in which Pope Benedict XVI announced them Oct. 20:

– Italian Archbishop Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints Causes, a Salesian, 72. (DOB 6/8/1938)

– Coptic Patriarch Antonios Naguib of Alexandria, Egypt, 75. (DOB 3/7/1935)

– Guinean Archbishop Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, 65. (DOB 6/15/1945)

– Italian Archbishop Francesco Monterisi, archpriest of Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, 76. (DOB 5/28/1934)

– Italian Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, 75. (DOB 8/6/1935)

– U.S. Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, head of Apostolic Signature, 62. (DOB 6/30/1948)

– Swiss Archbishop Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, 60. (DOB 3/15/1950)

– Italian Archbishop Paolo Sardi, pro-patron of Knights of Malta, 76. (DOB 9/1/1934)

– Italian Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, 66. (DOB 9/15/1944)

– Italian Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, a Scalabrinian, 75. (DOB 9/19/1935)

– Italian Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, 68. (DOB 10/18/1942)

– Zambian Archbishop Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, retired archbishop of Lusaka, 79. (DOB 9/24/1931)

– Ecuadorean Archbishop Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, retired archbishop of Quito, 76. (DOB 1/1/1934)

– Congolese Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, 71. (DOB 10/7/1939)

– Italian Archbishop Paolo Romeo of Palermo, 72. (DOB 2/20/1938)

– U.S. Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, 69. (DOB 11/12/1940)

– Brazilian Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida, 73. (DOB 2/15/1937)

– Polish Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, 60. (DOB 2/1/1950)

– Sri Lankan Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don of Colombo, 62. (DOB 11/15/1947)

– German Archbishop Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, 57. (DOB 9/21/1953)

– Spanish Archbishop Jose Manuel Estepa Llaurens, former military ordinary of Spain, 84. (DOB 1/1/1926)

– Italian Bishop Elio Sgreccia, retired president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, 82. (DOB 6/6/1928)

– German Msgr. Walter Brandmuller, retired president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, 81. (DOB 1/26/1929)

– Italian Msgr. Domenico Bartolucci, retired director of the Sistine Chapel Choir, 93. (DOB 5/7/1917) 

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