Many supporters have reached out to us for news about Hurricane Irma as it approached Haiti. As we saw last year from Hurricane Matthew, Haiti, with it’s fragile infrastructure, is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. We were deeply concerned about Irma– and prepared for the worst.
We are relieved to report that this monster storm has passed Haiti and left us, in the Central Plateau, relatively unscathed. We received the effects of a tropical storm, lots of rain and some wind, but not Category 5 hurricane winds.
Flooding from heavy rain is a worry in our region and we are particularly concerned for the rural pregnant mothers and those seeking medical attention who are now unable to cross swollen rivers to reach care. Also, people with poorly constructed houses and homes along rivers will undoubtedly be affected.
The Mobile Prenatal Clinic will go out on Monday to reach rural women, if the Land Cruiser can pass through the rivers.
It is unlikely that all of Haiti got off so (relatively) easy, particularly in the north. Irma has already wrecked havoc on other island nations and is now hurtling towards Cuba and Florida. Our thoughts are with everyone who has and will be affected by Irma.
Thank you for your well wishes and prayers.
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