Catholic agencies help after Haiti quake, storm

People inspect a house destroyed by the earthquake in Haiti (Caritas Haiti)

A tropical storm that hit Haiti three days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake has complicated efforts to provide help to the Caribbean nation. Source: Caritas Australia.

Since the earthquake on Saturday, Catholic agencies Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Haiti have been working to provide relief to over 75,000 families affected.

At least 1,941 deaths and more than 6,900 have been injured so far, with expectations for these figures to continue to rise. At least 37,000 homes were destroyed and another 46,000 damaged.

On Tuesday, Tropical Storm Grace hit Haiti.

“We’d feared widespread destruction from the storm, but thankfully the storm weakened over Haiti and the flooding of the city of Cayes was not as severe as we’d anticipated,” said Melville Fernandez, Caritas Australia’s humanitarian emergencies manager.

“Nonetheless, the storm has complicated relief efforts because now some key roads are impassable from flooding-related landslides or damage to bridges. The ongoing gang violence along key routes to the south is also making local travel extremely dangerous for humanitarian workers, which makes responding even tougher.”

There is immediate and urgent need for food, water, shelter, hygiene kits and first aid to be distributed.

Donations: Caritas Australia’s Emergency Response Appeal www.caritas.org.au or call 1800 024 413.

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Catholic agencies provide relief in Haiti after earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace (Caritas Australia)

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