Forecasters say up to 20 inches of rain is possible in isolated parts of Haiti as Tropical Storm Emily soaks a country prone to severe flooding. Residents near the capital of Port au Prince still suffering from a massive 2010 earthquake have few options.
"We can't afford to do much," said Francois Prophete, who was shoring up the corrugated-metal roof of his one-room cinder block home in the hills southeast of Port-au-Prince, according to an article this morning on msnbc.com.
According to the report on msnbc.com
, rain in Port au Prince has been relatively light, but the Artibonite region has already seen damage, including at a cholera treatment center.
As Haitians continue to struggle for safe shelter after the earthquake with little progress toward rebuilding, please remember them and their many challenges. Know that Heifer is working to provide sustainable development solutions to families throughout the country. As yet another hurricane season opens in the Caribbean, damage from this early storm will no doubt create even greater need and a re-established sense of urgency for our work in Haiti.
Photo of children at a Heifer project site in Nordely, Haiti, by Bryan Clifton