In 2008 four hurricanes struck in quick succession causing huge devastation. Buildings not destroyed were made less safe by the flooding, which made them all the more vulnerable as the earthquake struck. Thousands fled Genaives, the city worst hit, and moved to Port-au-Prince, which has now been struck by the earthquake. This capital city houses a third of Haiti’s 9 million in extremely over crowded conditions, where large families (as many as 15!) live in cramped conditions.