Tropical Storm Isaac hit Haiti early Saturday as a hurricane warning was issued for southern Florida. With wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour, forecasters said Isaac was near hurricane strength when the eye of the storm passed over Haiti. Local radio reports indicated that 5,000 people had been evacuated in the provinces and more than 3,000 around the capital to government buildings, schools and other temporary shelters, though many people mistrusted the plans and stayed behind in the camps, refusing to leave what little shelter their homes offered due to fear of looting.
Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere even before the earthquake killed 250,000 people, and some 400,000 are still living in tent camps in and around the countrys capital of Port-au-Prince.
With thousands still injured and recovering from the quake, Haiti was ill equipped to handle yet another tragedy. During this critical time of need for one of the world’s most vulnerable nations, we ask you to please do what you can to support the people of Haiti. Please click here to help us share the good with the Haitian community in need.