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A cholera victim lies in a treatment facility in the Haitian capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Cholera patients are treated at the Doctors Without Borders facility, which deals with severe cases of the bacterial infection. The epidemic is spreading quickly in the capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Waste buckets are placed near the sick.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A nurse working with Doctors Without Borders rehydrates a patient by giving him fluids through his nasal passages.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A woman whose 7-year-old son had just died is helped after briefly passing out upon hearing the news.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A man stands in filthy water in the slum of Cite Soleil.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Access to fresh water is an issue for many Haitians.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

One of about a dozen unclaimed bodies lies on another person's grave, waiting to be dumped in a mass burial site.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Dirt covers the hands of a cholera victim put into a mass grave as the epidemic took hold.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The family of Wislet St. Juste, 31, carries his body through the streets after he died, leaving behind a wife and two young children. As they walked more than a mile, some residents fled and others yelled angrily at the family for passing through their neighborhood. Once they reached the morgue, the family lied about the cuase of death out of fear they would be turned away and St. Juste would not receive a proper burial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A patient receives treatment for cholera.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Medical personnel try to find a vein to start an IV drip into Cebien St. Louis, 2, who died shortly after this photograph was taken.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

A cholera victim holds out his hand to accept treatment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Residents of a poor neighborhood of the northern Haiti city hold a protest saying that the local hospital was not taking care of patients from their area and that people were dying.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A man who came down with cholera is brought into a treatment enter in Gonaives, Haiti on Wednesday afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Dozens of children who have come down with cholera, a water-borne disease that causes severe dehydration, await treatment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Patients receive IVs fluids at a treatment center in Gonaives. Around the country, the toll from cholera is nearly 600, though many believe the actual number may be much higher.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Cholera victims await treatment. Earlier a city dump truck trolled the streets picking up unclaimed bodies to take to an empty area behind the main cemetery.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A nurse administers IV fluids to dozens of children who have contracted cholera. The outbreak began late last month in the Artibonite region north of the capital Port-au-Prince.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A young mother holds her baby while an IV drip combats the effects of cholera at a treatment center. Children are especially vulnerable.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Eliana Kelomice, 34, right, weeps with other women for the pastor of their church, Marc Theodore, who died of cholera.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The body of a cholera victims lies in the open at the Boyo funeral home, as the freezer storage area is full.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Extra workers were hired to help make coffins at the Boyo funeral home to accommodate the growing number of cholera victims.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The body of Elimaine Batiste is placed into a coffin after she died overnight at a treatment center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Family members carry the coffin of Elimaine Batiste through the streets as they take her for burial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Runoff from Hurricane Tomas floods the streets of Leogane, Haiti.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Haitians make their way through floodwaters after Hurricane Tomas brought heavy rain to parts of the nation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A man whose tent was flooded by rains from Hurricane Tomas rescues his mattress frame as he moves to higher ground.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

People navigate floodwaters after Hurricane Tomas brought heavy rain to parts of Haiti.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Children use a makeshift boat to ply the floodwaters after Hurricane Tomas drenched parts of Haiti.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Stektamice Toto, 70, stands in the doorway of her flooded tent, which she has called home since the Jan. 12 quake that struck Haiti. At left is Elaire Eve, 62, whose tent was also flooded.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Maflia St. Louis, 33, stands in several inches of water as she salvages items from her flooded tent. St. Louis lost her home in Haiti's Jan. 12 earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Women from a refugee camp navigate a muddy drainage ditch as rain from Hurricane Tomas threatened to bring more misery to Haiti in the wake of January's devastating earthquake. More than 1 million people are still homeless after the Jan. 12 earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Steady rain from Tropical Storm Tomas comes down in Haiti. Tomas later became a hurricane.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A woman from the Kore Vie refugee camp covers her head to shield herself from rain.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A resident of Kore Vie refugee camp stands on sandbags being used to try to control flooding in one of the camp's flood-prone areas. Tropical Storm Tomas was expected to dump heavy rain into the area Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

A woman tries to repair her tent to keep rain from Tropical Storm Tomas from entering the temporary structure.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

U.N. peacekeepers help evacuate residents of the Corail-Cesselesse camp as Tropical Storm Tomas approaches.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The evacuation continues at the Corail-Cesselesse camp for Haitians displaced by the earthquake.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

U.N. peacekeepers help a woman board a truck during the evacuation of the Corail-Cesselesse camp in the Haitian capital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Evacuees from the Corail-Cesselesse camp wait to be transported to safer shelter to ride out the storm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Corail-Cesselesse camp residents await transport. Tropical Storm Tomas was expected to strengthen before reaching Haiti on Friday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

An estimated 2,000 people were to be evacuated from the Corail-Cesselesse camp.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

The shelters at the Corail-Cesselesse camp are among the strongest at the camps built in Haiti since the Jan. 12 quake. They are not designed to withstand a hurricane, however.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. November 14, 2010, 9:45 am

    so awfully…

    By: Igor

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