LOS ANGELES, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Haitian police raided a crowded earthquake survivor camp, arresting over thirty crime suspects. Since the January 12th quake, the suspects have been breaking into the tarp and tent shanties and stealing food, money, cell phones and the tarps that actually shelter the people they were stealing from.
Police went through one of Port-au-Prince's biggest and crowded settlements in search of the criminals. Some of the men captured are suspected of escaping a Port-au-Prince national penitentiary. The penitentiary walls cracked during the magnitude-7 quake enabling the men to escape. All the inmates fled from the dangerously overcrowded prison, where the vast majority were held awaiting prosecution.
Brazilian soldiers along with 14,000 U.N. peacekeeping forces created a perimeter around the camp just before dawn and then raided the camp, searching for the suspects. Approximately one hundred and sixty five U.N. and Haitian police wearing riot gear ran into the camp and began looking for suspects, U.N. police spokesman Jean-Francois Vezina said.
Supplies and tarps are still desperately needed for that vast majority of Haiti. The cost of tarps and tents has gone up drastically since the January quake due to the rising oil costs. The BP Gulf of Mexico oil leak has forced a price hike in most petroleum based products.
The current fear in the region is the annual Atlantic hurricanes. The forecast for 2010 Atlantic hurricanes are very high and Haiti is the most vulnerable region. Many Haiti quake victims are still homeless with only a tarp or tent as their main shelter. Much of Haiti is still covered with poly tarps covering camps and dilapidated structures.
One U.S. tarp company, Tarps Plus has organized a tarp drive for the victims of Haiti. For more information on how to donate tarps, please contact Tarps Plus at: 1-800-838-3057
SOURCE Tarps Plus