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16 Nov 2016 description

Background

Hurricane Matthew, a destructive category 4 tropical cyclone, struck the southern peninsula of Haiti on October 4th, 2016, killing 900 people and leaving 750,000 others in need of urgent assistance. The hurricane ruined livelihoods and damaged 120,000 buildings. More than 175,000 people sought refuge in 307 temporary shelters (as of November 11, 2016, OCHA), and roughly half a million sought refuge with friends, family and neighbors, or resorted to makeshift temporary shelters.

07 Oct 2016 description

BALTIMORE, MD, October 7, 2016 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is committing an initial $5 million to help Haiti and other countries in the Caribbean recover from Hurricane Matthew, the powerful storm that has left hundreds dead and devastated communities in this nation still recovering from the earthquake that struck in 2010.

28 Mar 2013 description

Every three to four years, Southern Haiti is faced with flooding, hurricanes, or other water-related disasters, which can cause loss of life, destruction of food and agriculture, damage to homes and increased water-caused diseases such as cholera.

By planting trees and building other protective measures on Haiti’s hillsides, communities can slow the flow of water during flood events and protect their lives, their homes and their agriculture. CRS’ “Watersheds for Well-Being” (“Bassins versants pour le Bien-Etre,” or B4B) project makes this possible.

18 Jan 2013 description

Water is critical for the well-being of Haitian families: for domestic use, such as drinking, bathing, cooking, and ensuring good health; and for productive use, such as irrigating crops and feeding livestock.

19 Dec 2012 description

Three Years After: A Haitian Church for the Future By Darren Hercyk, Country Representative for CRS in Haiti

It is now three years since the massive January 12 earthquake shook Haiti and ended so many lives. But that day also launched a wave of compassion and generosity for Haiti from Americans. Three years on, Catholics in the US should know what is being done in Haiti in their name.

02 Nov 2012 description

Updated November 1, 2012, 4:00 pm

Catholic Relief Services and our partners in the Caribbean continue to help people deal with the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy before it set its sights on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States earlier this week.

HAITI

29 Oct 2012 description

Updated October 29, 2012, 2:00 pm

As the Eastern Seaboard of the United States braced for Hurricane Sandy, Catholic Relief Services and our partners in the Caribbean began helping people deal with the destruction it left in its wake.

26 Oct 2012 description

by Jim Stipe

Catholic Relief Services is closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which made landfall yesterday afternoon in Jamaica. Our assessment team arrived in Jamaica to prepare a damage assessment. Preliminary reports suggest that some areas have experienced significant flooding and roofs have blown off houses in Kingston.

25 Oct 2012 description

Posted on October 26, 2012 by Jim Stipe

Baltimore, October 26, 2012, 2:00 pm — Catholic Relief Services continues to closely monitor the impact of Hurricane Sandy in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. Here is the latest from the field.

24 Oct 2012 description

Posted on October 24, 2012 by Jim Stipe

Baltimore, MD, October 24, 2012, 4:30 pm – Hurricane Sandy is pounding Jamaica this afternoon and is on track to make landfall on the eastern portion of Cuba. While the storm is not expected to hit Haiti directly, some areas — particularly the southern peninsula — will likely experience tropical storm conditions throughout the day today, resulting in possible floods and landslides.

23 Aug 2012 description

The wind and rains from Tropical Storm Isaac are expected to be felt in Haiti starting later today Thursday August 23 and through tomorrow. A hurricane warning has been issued for the entire country and many sources indicate that by late Friday Port au Prince is at risk of being hit by what could be a Hurricane by that time.

11 Jan 2012 description

RÉSUMÉ DE LA SITUATION ALIMENTAIRE

Les conditions de disponibilité alimentaire demeurent toujours précaires au niveau du Département du Sud, conséquemment à la réduction des activités agricoles au niveau des différentes communes. En effet, contrairement aux campagnes agricoles précédentes, une très faible superficie a été cultivée pour la saison d’automne. Les conditions climatiques défavorables (sécheresse), le manque de fertilisants et de semences de qualité, etc., sont autant de facteurs qui expliquent la chute de la production agricole pour la période considérée.

27 Dec 2011 description

RÉSUMÉ DE LA SITUATION ALIMENTAIRE

Les conditions de disponibilité alimentaire demeurent toujours précaires au niveau du Département du Sud, conséquemment à la réduction des activités agricoles au niveau des différentes communes. En effet, contrairement aux campagnes agricoles précédentes, une très faible superficie a été cultivée pour la saison d’automne. Les conditions climatiques défavorables (sécheresse), le manque de fertilisants et de semences de qualité, etc., sont autant de facteurs qui expliquent la chute de la production agricole pour la période considérée.

05 Sep 2008 description

September 5, 2008, Baltimore, MD - Severe weather patterns throughout the Caribbean and South Asia have wreaked havoc on Haiti, India, and Nepal. Floodwaters have forced mass evacuations leaving millions stranded.

16 Dec 2007 description

While much of the United States was spared from this year's hurricane season, storm systems of historic proportions hit our neighbors in Mexico and the Caribbean. In the last week of October, Tropical Storm Noel bore down on the Dominican Republic and Haiti, killing several dozen people, before moving on to Cuba and elsewhere in the Caribbean. Floodwaters in Haiti and the Dominican Republic raged down hillsides into streets, overflowing riverbanks and uprooting trees, then overtaking homes - some of which were poorly constructed and could not withstand the storm's raging winds.

02 Nov 2007 description

Guatemala City, Guatemala, November 2, 2007 - Catholic Relief Services (CRS) today announced an initial commitment of $1.5 million toward emergency relief and recovery assistance for thousands of people affected by a series of storms that caused the worst flooding in Mexico's history and tore through the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.

17 Oct 2007 description

Persistent and heavy rains over the first half of October have caused widespread flooding in communities throughout Haiti.

Overall, more than 14,000 people were affected in some capacity, as the floodwaters destoyed over 4,000 homes and damaged crops.