Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Borrowed from the Weather Channel

Hurricane Matthew came to Haiti as a Category 4 and plummeted Haiti with 145 mile per hour winds causing flooding and destruction in cities and towns across Haiti. Even before Hurricane Matthew arrived in Haiti, its outer bands caused continuous heavy rains and wind for several hours causing violent flooding. Most hard hit are the towns in the Southwest. Unofficial reports, photographs and footage have been shared and the Haitian government gave a preliminary overview during the storm but it will be a day or two before their full assessment is completed and they release their detailed report. 

As of August 20, 2016, there were 780,850 REPORTED cases of cholera in Haiti, and 9,393 deaths. And there was already an increase in cholera cases over the past few months. Dr. Paul Farmer, and other medical experts, warned that without a doubt there will be sharp rise in cholera cases as a result of the hurricane and resulting lack of clean water, exposure to contaminated waters, and disaster conditions. 

At the time that Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti there were still 55,107 earthquake victims living in 31tent camp sites since January 12, 2010.  These tent camp sites for the internally displaced are in Carrefour, Cite Soliel, Croix-des-Bouquets, Delmas, etc. 

However, Hurricane Matthew has caused thousands more to be homeless, including those families who were finally moved into homes after years in tent encampments.