Preparations underway for the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Haiti

All of us in Haven would like to thank everyone for their queries and concerns over Hurricane Irma, a powerful category five hurricane impacting the Caribbean region this week.

A hurricane warning is currently in place in Haiti, with estimates predicting that Hurricane Irma may hit Haiti between Wednesday and Friday of this week.  Irma is following a path towards Peurto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba, and is later expected to make landfall in Florida.

As well as bringing winds of up to 295km/h (185m/h), Irma could result in as much as 18 inches (45 cm) of rain when it lands in some areas.  While the eye of the storm is expected to pass to the north of Haiti, the threat of storm surges, flooding and mudslides remains a high concern.   At the moment, the hurricane warning in Haiti stretches across the north coast from the border with the Dominican Republic.

Our team in Haiti is working closely with our partners and the communities we work with to assess the situation, make preparations, and identify the potential support needed over the coming days.   We will post updates on any developments as they progress.

Having entered emergency mode immediately after last October’s Hurricane Matthew, our team is deeply experienced in responding to natural disasters and supporting people in their recovery.  Hurricane Matthew left more than 1.4 million people in Haiti in urgent need of humanitarian aid last October.

Please stay tuned to our website and social media for further updates over the coming days.  If you have any concerns, please contact our office on +353 1 681 5440.


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