LIANCOURT, Haiti — Rice paddies in this northwest village lie submerged in pools of water, some of them the size of lakes. In the south, entire groves of plantain trees have toppled. And in the central plateau, wilted beanfields and cornfields limp in ruin -- remnants of Haiti's battering by four consecutive storms.
In Cuba, trucks loaded with stacks of plantains rumble down storm-wrecked roads. Farmers are in a hurry to salvage what they can in a country that just lost 80,000 acres of bananas and 4,355 tons of food that was stored in warehouses when two hurricanes in as many weeks hit there.
"That's the one thing we will have for days and days and days,'' said Rosa Arrencibia, 47, of Camagüey. "Plantains.''
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