Haiti faces food shortage after Sandy

Updated 03 November 2012
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Haiti faces food shortage after Sandy

NEW YORK: Impoverished Haiti, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, now has a million-plus people who cannot get enough to eat because of damage from superstorm Sandy, the UN says.
The storm killed more than 50 people in Haiti as it churned through the Caribbean last week on its way to a deadly and destructive blast along the US East Coast.
Relief workers are still trying to make a full assessment of Sandy's ugly footprint on Haiti. But for now it is known the storm destroyed, damaged or flooded the homes of up to 20,000 people, said Johan Peleman, head of the UN relief office in Haiti, in comments published Friday on the UN website.
Northern Haiti endured a long drought this year, and took a hit from Hurricane Isaac in August. Now there are fears that harvests being collected in the south of the country have been destroyed by Sandy.
"With the south being hit now, we are going to face in the next couple of months very serious problems of malnutrition and food insecurity," Peleman said on UN radio.
The grim picture comes as much of the world's attention is focused on the deaths and spectacular damage wrought by Sandy in the United States.
In Haiti there were still 350,000 people living in tent camps set up after the 2010 earthquake. They were evacuated before Sandy, but the storm destroyed much of the fragile housing in those camps, the official added.


India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Updated 21 April 2018
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India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

  • The decision to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under 12 follows an outrage over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir.
  • The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval.

New Delhi: India’s government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women.
The Press Trust of India news agency reported Saturday that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval. It will require the approval of Parliament within six months in order the become law.
The decision follows an outrage over the recent brutal rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir state and the alleged rape of a girl by a ruling party lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh state.
Countrywide protests following a 2012 New Delhi gang rape and murder case prompted the government to double prison terms for rapists to 20 years.