LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 27, 2012) - Tropical Storm Isaac, which dumped torrential rains on Haiti and flattened tent camps housing survivors of the January 2010 earthquake, damaged some Heifer International breeding centers in the country and killed some participants livestock, according to Hervil Cherubin, Heifer Haiti country director.
Isaac's rain and winds lashed Haiti's southern coast on Saturday, flooding parts of the capital Port-au-Prince and ripping through flimsy resettlement camps that house more than 350,000 survivors of the 2010 earthquake. Fueled by warm Gulf waters, it is forecast to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane with 100-mph (160-kph) winds and hit the U.S. coast somewhere between the Florida Panhandle and New Orleans at midweek.
A team from Heifer is evaluating the situation and assessing damage. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
About Heifer International:
Heifers mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call1-800-696-1918.