Sunday, September 26, 2010

photos - storm - part 1

A couple of weeks ago, I asked Pastor Pierre to trim the trees that were at the front of the house. They grow quickly and were starting to grow among the electricity wires. It was a good thing they were trimmed because suddenly on Friday afternoon, out of nowhere a bad storm came with high winds and rain.

The winds were the worst I have experienced in my 14 years in Haiti. It felt like being in the middle of a hurricane. Everyone was outside and we called the children to stand under the carport and stay away from the open areas and the trees in the yard. With the wind gusting it was raining horizontally. We were worried about the refuge camps and when the winds died down we headed out in the rain to check on the camps that were near us.

The winds ripped tents apart everywhere. They aren't built to withstand strong winds like what happened Friday afternoon and with the months standing under the hot sun they also were brittle. Thousands of tents were destroyed.

Trees, branches and tin roofs were lifted off roofs off houses. Dieula is standing by a rubble pile near our house.

The refuge camp on Delmas 31 that is up the hill from our street corner suffered damage from large tree limbs falling on tents. These 2 children tried to stay dry in their tent.

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