Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Haiti Flood Alert from Child Hope International... HELP??

Scene in Port-au-Prince where floods made many roads impassable Jun 7, 2011Last night a violent storm hit Haiti, leaving behind devastation.  In our neighborhood, there were flash floods which caused rushing waters and mudslides.
People were standing on roof tops to avoid the water. Houses were up to four feet in mud, causing furniture and belongings to be destroyed. People have died and some are still missing.
Many of our staff members were out all last night rescuing people, finding missing family members and taking care of people who lost their homes.  Some of our Haitian staff members were also seriously affected.  Fritzner lost his entire home.  Carole and Mari-France both had all of their belongings washed away.  We are also praying for the families of our MDL children, who may have also been affected by the storm.

The destruction is overwhelming and we are doing our best to respond to the needs. We are expecting to take in people that lost their homes and possessions, feeding them, and assisting in cleaning up their properties during the day.  We are still in the process of evaluating the losses and checking up on our staff members and children's families.
If you'd like to contribute  toward  our relief effort, you can go to: https://childhope.webconnex.com/donation_form?notes=Relief%20Fund&category=14234 

Here is a recent article on the flood:

Please join us in prayer for those suffering as a result of the flood and as we seek His guidance during this time.

Scene in Port-au-Prince where floods made many roads impassable Jun 7, 2011

A storm has caused heavy rains in Haiti, triggering mudslides and flooding that killed at least 11 people.

For hours, heavy rains have pounded the capital, Port-au-Prince, turning streets into rivers and forcing motorists to abandon their cars.  Flooding has also swept through crowded slums and tent camps housing thousands of people still homeless from Haiti's devastating earthquake last year.

Haiti's new president, Michel Martelly, has urged residents to keep calm as the storm passes over the city.  Forecasters also say heavy rains could cause flash flooding in the neighboring Dominican Republic, along with other countries such as Cuba and Jamaica.  In the Dominican Republic, at least 4,000 people have been evacuated and authorities issued alerts of possible severe flooding in several regions.

The severe weather arrived at the start of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30, and as Haiti copes with a cholera outbreak that has left thousands dead.  Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.

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