Floods cause damage; hurricanes threaten more devastation

By June 9, 2010

Haiti (MNN) — As if the victims of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti had not suffered enough, predictions have now been made that 2010 will prove to be a particularly extreme hurricane season in the Atlantic.

Already, ministries have been affected by the rains of May, typically the wettest month of the year for Haiti. Compassion International released an advisory last week explaining that many more people have suffered loss due to flooding in the area of Bozan in Leogane, Haiti.

Compassion reports that the Rouyon River overflowed and caused flooding that affected nine Compassion-assisted children. The families of these children lost their children's uniforms, school materials, utensils, beds, and other income-generating materials in the flooding, just adding to the layers of loss already doled out by the January quake.

Compassion has provided food, water and temporary shelter for the affected families, but risks still lie ahead. According to Reuters, the 2010 hurricane season is predicted to be even worse than originally believed. Scientists from Colorado State University predict 18 named storms, 10 of which are expected to be hurricanes, throughout the next few months.

The Atlantic hurricane season which began June 1 could bestow even greater devastation on disaster-stricken Haiti than it is currently facing in the wake of the earthquake. Reuters reports that the thousands of Haitians who are still living in temporary tent cities are extremely vulnerable to the rains, flooding and landslides that would likely come with any hurricane to hit the country. Hurricanes have done considerable damage to Haiti in the past, even without so many thousands of people living on the streets.

Compassion has promised to contact anyone whose sponsored child in Haiti has been affected by the recent flooding. In the meantime, they ask that you pray for the flood victims.

God alone can control the weather, and He knows better than any weatherman what will and what will not strike the earth during these next six months of hurricane season. Pray that the Lord would have mercy on Haiti, and that believers there would remain strong no matter what may come. Pray that whatever happens, the Gospel would spread all the more and that these Compassion-sponsored children would be lights for the Lord in the midst of their struggle.

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