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Isaac Leaves Lasting Mark On Haiti

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Content by: South-South News

27 August 2012, New york USA | Connor Schratz - The storm may have passed, but Haitians are still feeling the wrath of Isaac, and are likely to do so for the foreseeable future.

 

Haiti was battered by Hurricane Isaac this weekend, which passed over the island of Hispaniola on Saturday, as intense rain and winds battered much of the nation's fragile infrastructure. The Haitian government has announced that 30 of the country's 32 electricity grids were down while thousands of people, many already left without permanent homes after the 2010 Haitian Earthquake, have been forced once again into refugee camps.

The death toll has risen to 19.

Despite these issues, the United Nations and international air officials have praised the Haitian government for its handling of the hurricane.

"So far, I think we're faring reasonably well in our response," said Kevin Kennedy, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General serving with the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

This response has consisted of close coordination between MINUSTAH and the NGOs working in Haiti, which have used radio communication to relay information about damages to property and the need for emergency services. MINUSTAH is also working with the Haitian Red Cross and National Police service to provide non-food related aid and get refugees back home as quickly and as safely as possible.

Haiti's Permanent Secretariat for Disaster Risk Management lifted the red alert in the country, though it has warned that the risk of more heavy rains and flooding is a real one, and that citizens would be well advised to exercise the utmost caution as they get their lives back together.

The damage to buildings, homes, and national infrastructure wrought by Isaac are sure to hurt Haiti's economy- but perhaps not so much as the damages to crops and livestock. As of Monday the Haitian government was still estimating the toll that the hurricane has taken on Haiti's farmers, but estimate that it could be significant.

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