Tropical storm Issac made its presence known in Haiti, flooding the island nation that is still trying to recover from the devastating earthquake that hit two years ago, and killing at least 3 people.
Loughborough Echo is reporting that at least three people have died in the wake of Isaac's brush with the island. One of the dead is a 10-year-old girl who was killed when a wall collapsed. Haiti’s civil protection agency said that 1500 emergency shelters were opened for the more then 5,000 people evacuated due to flooding, the Haitian Times reports.
Storm evacuees load onto a bus to head for emergency shelters
Haiti Libre is saying extensive damage is reported in the southern part of Haiti. Jamel, a town located in the southern portion of Haiti, has no electricity and the roofs on many houses have been blown off. Many roads are also impassible due to flooding and scattered tree branches. A church in Pernier caught fire during the storm.
Red Cross workers are visiting camps in Port au Prince and according to France Hurtubise, a Red Cross worker, "The populations are extremely worried because some of the tents are leaking, so we have to respond to this which is quite urgent," She also says refugees are worried about the potential of mudslides, reports Voice of America .
United Nations Radio is reporting that emergency response teams have been put on high alert in Haiti, as well as in Dominican Republic and Cuba. Jens Laerk, with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says the following measures have but into place to deal with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Issac: "With strong winds and rains forecast over most of the country, the Haitian directorate of civil protection has taken a number of measures including partially activating the national emergency operation center; the directorate has asked OCHA to ensure that all partners involved in humanitarian assistance are mobilized and available in their various areas of activity. Humanitarian agencies have started updating and pre positioning their stocks in metropolitan areas and in departments across the country. Some examples of emergency supplies in country include emergency food supplies for 35,000 people, shelter material for 35,000 families, water treatment supplies for 400,000 people, and emergency health kits and cholera response kits for up to 75,000 people."
The National Weather Service Hurricane Center issued an alert saying a tropical storm watch is in effect for the Cuban provinces of Matanzas and Cienfuegos, for north of the Sebastian Inlet up to Flagger beach on the east coast of Florida, and north of Bonita Beach up to Tarpon Springs on Florida's west coast.