Haiti braces for another battering


West Indies Catholic Mission Regional Director, Fr Donald Chambers, has called for prayer for the people of Haiti, who are bracing themselves for another battering – this time from a hurricane.

Hurricane Tomas has whipped through the West Indies in recent days, but has been downscaled in category to a tropical storm. Meteorologists, however, have issued a hurricane warning for Haiti as the storm gains momentum.

Fr Donald said that hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti are living in flimsy dwellings, still displaced from the January earthquake, making shelter a pressing concern.

“Please pray, especially for the people of Haiti, as they continue to recover from the earthquake of January 2010 with most people still living in tents, and more recently they have been having a cholera outbreak,” Fr Donald said.

Recent reports from Haiti confirm more than 300 people have died from cholera, and the number of confirmed cases is close to 5,000.

If you would like to send a prayer to the people of Haiti, email prayers@catholicmission.org.au or visit catholicmission.org.au

You can also donate to the work Catholic Mission supports in Haiti by phoning 1 800 257 296.

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