PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Heavy flooding hammered Port-au-Prince, Haiti for the seventh straight day today. Floods and mudslides have taken at least 23 lives.
Many tents that over one million people live in have been severely wind blown, torn-down or have been swept away. Concrete homes have been flooded and many destroyed.
Much of the Caribbean have been impacted by this storm system including neighboring Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
This flooding and continuing rain over the course of the rainy season is expected to worsen the cholera outbreaks that killed more than 5,300 people since October 2010.
Of the 23 dead, two children died in the Nazon neighborhood in Port-au-Prince after the wall of a home fell on them, according to the Civil Protection Department.
Newly elected President Michel Martelly took to national television just before midnight to calm the nation as the storm was still passing over the city. “This message is to tell the population that I’m with you,” the president said.
Martelly ordered government construction workers to show up to work early Tuesday to help remove debris.
The Haiti Bible Training Center has been protected. Please pray for our neighbors in the surrounding tent cities and for the word of God to continue to go out during these very tumultuous times.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.