The Aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaac in Haiti
Date: August 27, 2012
August 27, 2012 (Orlando, FL) – After the passing of Tropical Storm Isaac, Haiti continued to experience heavy rains in several regions and extensive damage has been reported. The country is dealing with overflowing rivers, flooded homes, power outages, cattle being swept away and gusty winds that took the roofs off of shaky and unstable homes in the West and Southeast.
According to a release given by The Washington Post on August 27, 2012, the Haitian death toll after Tropical Storm Isaac had jumped to 19, while five people have died in the neighboring Dominican Republic.
Raw video of the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isaac in Haiti.
CNN reports, “Heavy rain and strong winds persisting into the morning hours causing visible damage to trees and houses in the city of Jacmel, on Haiti’s southern coast, and knocked out power. As many as 1,500 of the city’s residents took refuge in a school serving as a shelter. At the Mega IV camp, where 8,000 Haitians live in makeshift shelters, fallen trees and flooding damaged hundreds of tents. Almost no one had evacuated the camp before the storm, and authorities were searching the camp tent by tent looking for victims.”
In another CNN report, Sinan Al-Najjar, the Red Cross’ deputy country representative in Haiti, said, “After floods, it’s going to be almost certain that we see increases in cholera cases. We already witnessed that with the few weeks of rain we had in April. We had spikes due to daily rain. If a flood comes, we know certainly cholera is going to be an issue.”
The municipal authorities have opened up shelters and distributed food kits to Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps. Unfortunately, these food kits are clearly insufficient in quantity given the large number of victims.
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