Meanwhile, as we are all either worried or laughing (depending on our party affiliation) about Tropical Storm Isaac hitting the Republican Convention in a government-fortified stadium in Tampa next week, the conversations in Haiti’s tent cities are going something like this:
“Oh man, someone says there’s a tropical storm headed toward our tent today. What are we gonna do?”
“Ha ha, third-world problems, amiright??”
“Seriously, though, what are we going to do?
Tropical Storm Isaac is “expected to whip the Caribbean nation with gale-force winds and stinging rain,” according to CNN. The eye of the storm is expected to slip just south of the Dominican Republic on Friday morning before making landfall in western Haiti later in the day.
In an area known for flooding and cholera outbreaks, this could be devastating. In addition to a general lack of infrastructure in the country, a January 2012 Oxfam report said that a half a million Haitians remain homeless, still living under tarps and in tents following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake in January 2010.
While forecasters are calling the storm “poorly organized,” rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are expected, with maximum amounts of 20 inches possible over Hispaniola. “These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides,” forecasters warned
This sounds like it could turn out to be a disaster for millions of Haitians, but, regardless, even if the storm turns out not to be life-threatening, conditions there already horrendous (still, two-and-a-half years after the earthquake), so just go donate a little bit to help out.
Photo attribution: Christian Church/Disciples of Christ (Thanks for the copyright-free photo!! Also, sorry about all the God jokes yesterday.)