Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist church are still evaluating the damage caused by the severe downpours in Haiti earlier this month. According to Civil Protection Haiti, the rain-induced severe flooding, rockslides, and landslides were to blame for 51 fatalities, 140 injuries, almost 2,500 demolished buildings, and more than 39,000 inundated residences. 3.500 individuals were also evacuated, and many remain missing.
The southwest, which encompasses Port-au-Prince (the country's capital), Léogâne, Gressier, Carrefour, and Grand Goave, was the most severely damaged area.
Pastor Pierre Caporal, head of the Haitian Union, stated, "We know of no church members who lost their lives but we have 1,101 families affected by the aftermath of the torrential rains."
According to Caporal, about 200 people lost everything, and one pastor in Leogane only had time to take his passport. In the northwest of Haiti, twelve churches and five schools were also harmed by the flooding, he added.
According to government officials, the recent floods were the worst the nation has ever experienced, engulfing neighborhoods in waist-deep water and wreaking havoc on schools and hospitals just two days after the official start of hurricane season on June 1. Aid from humanitarian organizations may take longer to distribute since transportation is challenging due to washed-out roads and the ongoing threat of gang violence in the country, officials said.
According to Myrlaine Jean Pierre, ADRA Haiti's country director, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Haiti has obtained funding from ADRA Inter-America to start providing 200 hygiene kits as early aid to flood victims in the Carrefour district of the Ouest department. The delivery of food, hygiene kits, and water supplies remains a top priority, she said.
According to Jean Pierre, "The situation continues to be difficult, and urgent assistance is needed to support the affected communities in their recovery and rebuilding efforts." More than 900 animals are said to have died in the communes of Baie-de Henne and Jean-Rabel; 95 percent of the spring agricultural production in Ouest was swept away; 80 percent of the maize and pea plantations in Fonds-Verrettes was destroyed; and more.
More than 200 young people from six local Adventist churches traveled to Léogâne equipped with brooms, shovels, and cleaning materials to help clean up the city's homes and streets, assist with washing locals' clothes, and serve dozens of hot meals.
One of the numerous young Adventists assisting with the cleanup, Miche Jourdain, expressed his happiness at being able to assist so many people who had been impacted by flooding. Nothing in this world is more valuable than performing good deeds for others in the name of Jesus, said Jourdain. "We are pleased to use the skills that God has given us to help others.
According to Pastor Gelin Pierre Fontus, the district pastor for the area, people in the aided communities were moved to tears and showed their gratitude to the young group for being one of the first groups to help them. A collaborating organization and unique contributors who donated cleaning products for the project made the help feasible.
According to Pierre Fontus, "The Adventist Church's mission is to serve others, so it is important to engage in and participate in these community-based endeavors to better bear witness to the love of Christ about fulfilling the mission in this world."
Church officials are currently providing aid to afflicted church members who need necessities like food, water, clothing, and shelter.
ADRA Haiti is collaborating with other global organizations to supply food, hygiene kits, and beds in the meantime.
According to city officials, there are still many unmet requirements, including those for medical help and worries about a cholera breakout due to the ongoing flood-related conditions.
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