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Hurricane Gustav Hits Haiti, CRS Responding

CRS and Caritas emergency response teams are assisting people in Haiti who have been affected by the heavy rains dropped by Hurricane Gustav earlier this week. Gustav may produce total rainfall accumulation of 6 to 12 inches over Haiti, Dominican Republic, eastern Cuba, and Jamaica, with isolated rainfall up to 25 inches, producing floods and landslides.

A woman walks during rainfall caused by Hurricane Gustav in Port-au-Prince. Photo by Evens Felix/REUTERS

In Haiti, initial reports indicate there are more than 20 people dead, nearly 6,400 people taking refuge in shelters, with more than 100 houses destroyed and more than 200 houses damaged.

CRS is beginning to distribute emergency supplies to homeless families, and is working with Caritas Haiti, the Government of Haiti and other international aid organizations in assessing the damage, evaluating needs and formulating a coordinated response.

With more than 50 years of experience in Haiti, CRS is now one of the largest U.S. humanitarian organizations working in the country. Serving some 200,000 of the poorest and most marginalized Haitians, our projects provide assistance with health and nutrition, education, water and sanitation, HIV and AIDS, agriculture, peacebuilding and migration. CRS staff works out of two offices: in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and in Les Cayes, a port city in the country’s southern peninsula.

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