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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Haiti) - MORE than 1 million people were advised to leave earthquake homeless camps in Haiti's rubble-choked capital on Wednesday as disaster officials watched the approach of Tropical Storm Tomas.
But few of the earthquake survivors who have spent nearly 10 months alternately baking and soaking under plastic tarps and tents have anywhere to go.
Painfully slow reconstruction from the quake, prior storms and the recent committing of resources to fight a growing cholera epidemic have left people with few options and overtaxed aid workers struggling to help.
'We are using radio stations to announce to people that if they dont't have a place to go, but they have friends and families, they should move into a place that is secure,' said civil protection official Nadia Lochard, who oversees the department that includes Port-au-Prince. Concerns are even greater in the western reaches of Haiti's southern peninsula, where heavy flooding is predicted.
Disaster officials have extended a red alert, their highest storm warning, to all regions of the country, as the storm is expected to wind its way up the west coast of Hispaniola through storm-vulnerable Gonaives and Haiti's No. 2 city, Cap-Haitien, sometime on Friday.
The US National Hurricane Center in Miami announced a tropical storm warning for Haiti, along with tropical storm watches for Jamaica, the western Dominican Republic, eastern Cuba and the south-eastern Bahamas as well as Turks and Caicos.
Haiti advises evacuating camps