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Haiti - Hurricane Matthew

Haiti faced the brunt of the massive category four hurricane, resulting in the loss of more than 1,000 lives and some US$1 billion in damage.

Thousands of Haitians are in shelters as hundreds of homes were destroyed in the Caribbean nation. It is expected the estimates in loss of life will rise as more reports come in.

Among the affected cities and towns were Cote de fer, Les Anglais, Tiburon, Roche à Bateaux, Dame Marie, Fond des Negres, Les Irois, Anse d'Aineaux, Cayes and Jeremie in Haiti's southwest region.

There are concerns that the cholera disease, which had affected the country before the hurricane, will become more widespread and severe.


Floods in Sri Lanka

In May of this year Cyclone Roanu hit Sri Lanka and travelled up the east coast of India to hit southern Bangladesh. There were other things happening that took the headlines, and so this didn't get much attention.

Worst hit was Sri Lanka, where there was severe flooding from the storm. The Guardian reported on 21 May:

Landslides and heavy flooding have killed at least 73 people in Sri Lanka, with scores more missing and hundreds of thousands forced to flee their homes.

Torrential rains have deluged the island nation since last weekend, triggering huge landslides that have buried victims in up to 15 metres (50 feet) of mud.

In the capital, Colombo, thousands of homes remained inundated, though there were signs that the waters were receding, according to AP. About 243,000 people remained in temporary shelters nationwide.


TC Winston - Update

homes destroyed homes in cyclone winston fiji february 2016 Asia Pacific Baptist Aid and the Convention for Fijian Baptist Churches continue to work together to respond to needs in areas affected by Cyclone Winston. APBaid has assigned a consultant to work closely with the leadership of the churches as they develop an effective medium and long term recovery strategy

Many church and community buildings were used for shelter during cyclone Winston and a temporary home and a place to be feed in the days following. Most people taking refuge in these shelters have moved to stay with friends and relatives if their own homes are still uninhabitable. Post trauma support, counselling and extra emotional support is available through the churches for those who need it and church groups are focusing on encouraging people to help each other.