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Hurricane Irene hits Dominican Republic, Haiti

August 23, 2011

Disaster update

SANTO DOMINGO--CFCA staff members in the Dominican Republic report that the city of Santo Domingo was not greatly affected after Hurricane Irene struck the nation and Haiti on Tuesday morning.

Nelson Figueroa, Santo Domingo project coordinator, said no damage has been reported from CFCA offices in the north of the country, where the hurricane did the most damage.

CNN and the Miami Herald reported that the hurricane brought heavy rain and approximately 100 mph winds to the Dominican Republic and Haiti when it landed.

So far, CFCA has not heard any damage reports from its project in Haiti. If anything changes from this initial assessment, CFCA will post a follow-up news report.

Figueroa said that as the rain subsides during the next few days, he expects to send a more conclusive report.

CFCA serves more than 5,400 children and elderly in the Dominican Republic and more than 600 children and elderly in Haiti. Please keep the people in both these nations in your prayers.

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