August 18, 2021 | 1:05 p.m.
HAITI — Convoy of Hope now has 3.5 million meals available for distribution in Haiti. Convoy continues to distribute tarps, solar lanterns, water filters, and other necessities to people affected by the earthquake and subsequent storm.
Tropical Storm Grace flooded many previously affected areas and created additional concern about the possibility of mudslides, Ryan Grabill of Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team confirmed.
“Although Tropical Storm Grace complicated relief efforts, it increased urgency over the distribution of relief supplies so that people can have shelter in this time,” Ryan added.
Convoy of Hope is taking precautions to mitigate safety concerns across parts of Haiti. Doing so keeps Convoy’s team members, partners, and supplies safe and secure so more people can quickly receive help and hope.
August 17, 2021 | 2:35 p.m.
HAITI — Tropical Depression Grace has gained strength and is now a tropical storm. Forecasts predict the potential for Grace to gain hurricane strength in the days to come as it leaves Haiti drenched and recovering. The National Hurricane Center reported up to 15 inches of rain in some parts of Haiti, as well as risk for flash floods and mudslides.
Many of those affected by Saturday’s earthquake and subsequent aftershocks struggled to find shelter as the storm — the third natural disaster in a week’s time — set its sights on Haiti. Displaced individuals scrambled to keep themselves and their remaining belongings safe and dry as precipitation began.
Haitians salvage what they can from homes and businesses that were destroyed by the earthquake.
Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency reported that 1,400 fatalities have now been confirmed as a result of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake which took place Saturday morning.
Convoy of Hope’s response began Saturday and has continued throughout the beginning of the week. Convoy’s team members and local partners have committed to distributing 1 million meals to those affected. Additionally, Convoy is providing sheltering supplies, hygiene kits, medical supplies, and other necessities.
Relief supplies are loaded for distribution at the Convoy of Hope / Mission of Hope warehouse in Haiti.