News From the Field: Tropical Storm Isaac Rains Down on Haiti
Written by Plant With Purpose on August 27, 2012 in General
With a couple of days to assess damage, Plant With Purpose Haiti’s Country Director, Guy Paraison sent news to the U.S. office in regards to Tropical Storm Isaac. Below is a direct translation of his email reflecting the Haitian team’s assessment of the damages, specifically of the Cornillion region, located in the southern part of the country and on the border with the Dominican Republic.
[Tropical Storm] Isaac hit Haiti hard. Rain and heavy wind caused landslides, loss of livestock, and damages to fruit crops (avocado, orange, grapefruit, plantain, breadfruit) – especially in the Cornillon area, since we don’t have information yet from Fonds-Verrettes. It seems that about 80% of houses have had damage and 15% of houses have been completely destroyed in Cornillon. The road to Gran Colline is flooded in the large ravines. Look at the photos. Acul did not have big problems. I am continuing to collect information and photos, so we can have a better idea of the situation.
As further information reaches our office, we will pass on the news. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We are grateful for the safety of our partnering farmers and staff in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.