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Hurricane Tomas affects CFCA families in Haiti

November 10, 2010

FERRIER, Haiti — CFCA’s Haiti staff confirmed that Hurricane Tomas caused extensive damage to rural areas of the Ferrier community, affecting some sponsored members and their families.

“Rivers have flooded their banks,” reported one staff member. “Farmers lost many animals, including cows, goats and pigs. The floodwaters invaded the large farms, and the workers had to abandon their houses and move to Ferrier to secure shelter.”

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Representatives of the government transported those stranded by the storm to safer ground.

“Fortunately, no loss of life has occurred,” the staff member said.

Hurricane Tomas struck Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, over the weekend, killing at least 20 people in Haiti. Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince was hit hard in January by a magnitude-7 earthquake and more recently, the city is struggling to contain a cholera outbreak.

CFCA’s Ferrier project is in the northeast corner of Haiti, far from the capital.

CFCA serves more than 700 children, youth and aging members in Haiti and more than 5,300 in the Dominican Republic.

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