(MIAMI) -- U.S. Southern Command is sending an amphibious assault ship to Haiti in advance of tropical storm Tomas' projected arrival later this week.
According to the U.S. Navy, USS Iwo Jima, along with its 10 helicopters and two landing crafts, will travel from Suriname to Haiti in case humanitarian relief is needed after the storms hits.
By the end of this week, Tomas is expected to veer towards Haiti, where over a million people are still living in tents and under tarps, making them vulnerable to heavy rainfall and wind. The earthquake-ravaged country has also been battling a recent outbreak of cholera that has sickened thousands of people.
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