Surveying Erika Damage in Dominica

Our team on the island of Dominica has gotten an up-close look at the damage caused by Tropical Storm Erika.  The island nation’s government called for help. Heart to Heart International was the only international NGO to respond.

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Residents view what remains of a bridge washed away by flash floods caused by Tropical Storm Erika.

 

When Erika struck Dominica, she dropped 15 inches of rain, causing flash flooding and mudslides on the tiny, mountainous Caribbean island. More than 30 people were killed and 35 people remain missing.   While Erika was only a tropical storm, it caused major issues for this small island with a population just more than 70,000.

The governments of Venezuela, Martinique and Guadeloupe responded with heavy equipment and personnel to help clear roads and the island’s main airport.  Cuba responded with a large team of medical responders.  The British Royal Air Force is also assisting, as is the US Coast Guard.

And as our team learned, so far, HHI is the only international non-governmental organization (NGO) to respond to the disaster. On the ground, our team is coordinating with the Dominica Ministry of Health and with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from the UN.

Drying out

In Coulibistre, Dominica, residents place their belongings outside to dry in the Caribbean sun after Erika’s rains flooded their homes.

 

HHI is providing a relief shipment of Heart to Heart Care Kits, requested by the Dominica Ministry of Health, and is already en route, transported by our global partner FedEx.

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The storm’s effect will long be felt in Dominica and residents have a long road of rebuilding ahead.  As HHI is committed to help people in crisis, we’re honored to be able to assist in this relief effort.

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A local newspaper sums up the feelings of the people of Dominica toward Tropical Storm Erika.

A local newspaper sums up the feelings of the people of Dominica toward Tropical Storm Erika.

 

Mudslide mess in Dominica

A muddy mess left behind in Dominica thanks to Tropical Storm Erika’s floods and mudslides.

 

Two Erika survivors

Two women recount the tale of Erika flooding this home. Notice the dried mud below their feet, and the mud and high-water mark on the far wall.

 

Dominica Street

Streets in Dominica are clogged by mud and dirt from mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Erika.

 

Photos by Josh Jakobitz / HHI

 

 

 

 

Texas Floods Spur Emergency Response

Severe weather and torrential rains have caused major flooding across Texas – killing more than a dozen people, stranding thousands of drivers and forcing many to flee their flooded homes in cities across the state.

Alberto Martinez / Austin American-Statesman

Photo by Alberto Martinez / Austin American-Statesman

 

Heart to Heart International is responding to help.  A shipment of hundreds of emergency hygiene kits has been readied by our operations staff and will soon depart our Operations Hub bound for Austin, Texas.

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The hygiene kits are assembled by our volunteers and are part of a wider sponsorship by corporate partner Johnson & Johnson to help us deliver aid, comfort and hygiene.  This shipment of hygiene kits will be sent to our friends at Catholic Charities of Central Texas in Austin for distribution to those affected by the flooding in the state’s capital city.

Austin Flood - Jay Janner - Austin American-Statesman

Photo by Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman

 

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