Haiti cannot catch a break. In just two years after the devastating earthquake and cholera epidemic, Haiti is dealing with the aftermath of yet another natural disaster: Tropical Storm Isaac. International Action has acted immediately in their efforts to help the Haitian community.
Isaac hit the coast of Haiti on Saturday, August 25th. The storm affected the South and Southeast coasts as well as the West Department. Approximately 24 people have died as a direct result of the storm. The storm caused floods that wrecked houses, power lines, and cars. The floods have also contaminated many wells making water unsafe to drink. If this is not dealt with promptly and properly, it could lead to another waterborne disease epidemic.
International Action’s Haiti Director, Dalebrun Esther, has reported back sharing his first-hand experience of Isaac.
“The streets were flooded waist-high and the roofs of the houses were blown away. Many people are being deprived of basic needs. People cannot get access to water, food, shelter, and medicine.”
To make things worse, Isaac affected refugees whom had previously been affected by the 2010 earthquake.
“Many homeless families that had been living in tents since the 2010 earthquake were forced to evacuate. These People have nowhere to go. They need our help.”
“We have been actively involved, trucking water to the communities affected. Neighborhoods like Marie Madeleine located in Croix-des-Bouquets have received clean water from us [International Action].”
– Dalebrun Esther
Many communities have contacted International Action because they need clean water after the storm contaminated their water and forced them to abandon their homes. International Action is trucking water until the people are back in their homes and their local wells have been fixed.