Hurricane Tomas Strikes Haiti

Hurricane Tomas

A map of Hurricane Tomas’ current path. Hurricane Tomas has made landfall in Haiti. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Hurricane Tomas has made landfall in Haiti, and Catholic Relief Services is prepared to respond to the emergency throughout the country.

Les Cayes, in the southwest region of Haiti, is the area of primary concern at this point, but damaging rain and wind are expected to affect most of Haiti.

CRS has been preparing for assault from storms since the first weeks after the January earthquake devastated the nation. In recent months, CRS has assessed the ability of camps in Port-au-Prince to respond to a major storm. CRS staff has been digging drainage channels, sandbagging hills, building walls to decrease water runoff and moving the most vulnerable families to more secure locations.

In preparation for the hurricane, CRS Haiti stockpiled emergency supplies and readied staff. Emergency food supplies are in place for 25,000 families, and other items such as hygiene kits, blankets, tarps and soap are ready to be distributed.

CRS is also monitoring Hurricane Tomas’ affect on the recent cholera outbreak in Haiti. Cholera is spread mainly through water, and the additional rain in areas with poor sanitation could accelerate the infection rate. CRS has helped efforts to contain the outbreak and keep it from large camps in Port-au-Prince.

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2 Responses to “Hurricane Tomas Strikes Haiti”

  1. Wendy Mattison Says:

    Our Girl Scout Troop at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Prospect Heights, Illinois, is earning badges on Water and just learned of the disease Cholera.

    Needless to say we were ALL devastated at the thought of this and then to see it happening to Haiti AGAIN in the same year…..

    How can we help?

    thank you!

    Peace & Blessings

  2. Hamed Says:

    What CRS performs for vulnerable families is unique and extremely helpful. God bless you all guys taking part for strengthening people against disasters.

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