ShelterBox has been working across the Caribbean to assess the need for emergency shelter following destructive Hurricane Sandy.
The catastrophe has been just one of many to hit the small nation of Haiti in recent years. In 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated the Caribbean island, leaving an estimated one million people homeless, many of whom are still living in camps, and in August, Tropical Storm Isaac wreaked havoc across the south of the country. As a result of these disasters, the ongoing aid effort, and recent flooding in the north, the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) in country is being challenged with a complex set of circumstances.
‘The situation in Haiti is unlike anything I’ve seen before,’ said James Webb, SRT volunteer. ‘Following Hurricane Sandy, there are reports of over 30,000 homes destroyed, damaged or flooded, and now, heavy rains have resulted in extreme flooding in the far north of the country.’
The team has been liaising with several partner agencies, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Handicap International, to identify where the greatest need for ShelterBoxes is.
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