Heifer International's Haiti country office remains closed today after Hurricane Sandy passed near the island country, dumping several inches of rain. The storm, which has been upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, is expected to produce a total of 6 to 12 inches of rain across Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Earlier in the year, a number of Heifer International project participants' livestock were killed and a breeding center was damaged when Tropical Storm Isaac struck Haiti in August.
Hervil Cherubin, the country director of Heifer Haiti, relates reports that many crops have been destroyed in the area near Heifer's office in Les Cayes, and rivers are overflowing. Transportation is very difficult and project activities this week are not possible.
No harm to Heifer project participants has currently been reported, but Heifer Haiti staff is evaluating the situation and will share more information as it becomes available.