Nightly News | August 24, 2012
>> is said to make landfall tonight in haiti, an island nation still reeling from that devastating earthquake. hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tent villages. and for this country a tropical storm could be catastrophic. nbc's mark potter joins us now from port awe prince, where they are bracing for impact. mark, good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, david. as the storm moves in, there are widespread concerns about all the people who are so vulnerable in this country, including those who are living in the shantytowns on the mount tain behind me and the hundreds of thousands of haitians still living in tents. in a sprawling evacuation camp in port awe prince built after the earthquake here two and a half years ago, aid workers spent the day locating the elderly, the sick and preg nent women. with the storm bearing down, those considered most vulnerable were urged to move into a nearby school building where they would at least have water, food and a safe place to sleep, unlike all the others living here.
>> i expect to find a lot of people without a place, with everything they had washed away.
>> reporter: some 400,000 haitians still live in evacuation tents. residents with relatives willing to take them in were urged to leave the camps until the storm passes but those with nowhere to go will just have to hunker down, barely protected from the elements. some here spent the day digging trenches to divert the rain water. also in the camps this pamphlet is being distributed to teach people how to secure their tents in the storm and for the many people who can't read, it's illustrated. on the hillsides surrounding port awe prince, sprawling shantytowns are also a concern because of the threat of flash floods and mudslides. those living at the bottom of ravines are also in particular danger as are those along haiti's southern coastline, where the storm is expected to hit hardest.
>> 80% of the population is living under the poverty line. nobody is really prepared and nobody is living in proper conditionses to be safe now.
>> reporter: another concern is heavy rain could spread an already serious cholera epidemic which has killed 7,000 victims. aide workers say as soon as the storm passes they'll go back into those tent camps to see how much damage was done and how many people are once again left with nothing. david?
>> mark potter in port awe prince tonight thanks very much.
>>> coming up in just a few minutes a look back at the monster hurricane that changed everything 20 years ago tonight.