Matthew, a category 4 storm has devastated areas in the western part of Haiti and left damage throughout the country. Death tolls are over 1000 with more likely to be reported as rescue workers are cut off from many areas due to mudslides, downed bridges, washed out roads, etc. Hundreds of thousands have lost their homes and possessions.
This devastation adds to the difficulties already existing in Haiti including recovering from the 2010 earthquake, a continuing drought since 2013, the instability of the government, and the battle with cholera which is feared to surge due to the massive flooding and its effects on water and sanitation infrastructure.
Project Nourish is distributing food, clothing, and medical supplies to people in some of the most affected areas as well as organizing a medical trip to help treat some of the fallout.
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I spoke to our friend Junior last night who told me that, unfortunately, two people died in Leogane due to the flooding from Tomas. I have seen reports stating from four to seven deaths have been reported. The path of the hurricane was headed directly over Haiti and moved to travel between Haiti and Cuba. Even from this path there has been sufficient damage to these island countries. In recent years loss of life has been reported relating to storms not reaching hurricane strength. At this time particular vulnerability is the case since so many still reside in tents and make shift structures.
Through phone conversations with friends in Haiti I’ve learned that many suffered by not having provisions and being confined inside for the duration of the storm. When the rains diminished the strong winds were still an issue.
Well with so much of Haiti living in tents, and very make-shift tents at that, a hurricane would be just absolutely devastating! Even the strong winds on a near miss would leave so many people homeless! Remember, many of these “tents” are constructed of sticks stuck in the ground with a bed sheet over them…like we used to make as kids to play in! Some better ones are made with a sheet of plastic on top, and even better ones will have a rusted piece of corrugated metal roofing material. Of course there are many nice tents sent in from other countries in international relief efforts, but would you want to endure a hurricane in one?
Many of us saw the looming danger and prayed that Earl would turn right and calm down…well, it did! Thank God. Our hope is that result is duplicated with the other storms on the horizon…