Irma cuts deadly path in Caribbean as church officials prepare response
Hurricane Irma cut a deadly path through the Caribbean, leveling entire islands as it moved toward Florida on 7th September, while Haiti prepared for a potential disaster.
Whipping winds of up to 185 mph, dropping a foot or more of rain and causing potentially life-threatening storm surges, Irma posed a particularly grave risk to disaster-prone Haiti’s northern coast, said Beth Carroll, emergency response coordinator in Haiti for Catholic Relief Services.
“Even if it doesn’t hit directly, the storm surge, the winds and the rains will be affecting those areas, and they’re very vulnerable,” Carroll told Catholic News Service. “Many of those communities are at or below sea level. They are very susceptible to flooding.”
Carroll said at least 1 million people who live in or around Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second-most populated city, were at risk. CRS and partners in Caritas and Haitian dioceses had pre-positioned supplies and personnel to respond to the storm, she said.
Picture: People in the Dominican Republic prepare for Hurricane Irma on 7th September. (CNS photo/courtesy Caritas Puerto Plata).Tags: Caribbean, Florida, Haiti, Hurricane Irma, Irma