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Haiti’s geographic location in the path of Atlantic hurricanes, combined with the steep topography of its western region from which all major river systems flow to the coast, make this country particularly vulnerable to hydrometeorological disasters, especially between June and December. Mudslides are common along all river valleys where years of deforestation have left the upper reaches of the western basins bare. Other natural hazards that make Haiti vulnerable are cyclones, floods, and droughts. | CLICK to read more

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