PCI staff is assessing the damage of Isaac in communities of Port-au-Prince. In Ravine Pintade, where PCI and its partners USAID and CHF supported the community to rebuild their neighborhood in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, the drainage systems, homes and other risk mitigation infrastructure handled the storm well and there have been no reports of damage or flooding.
Updated: August 24, 2012:
PCI has been monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac this week, and began to mobilize preparation activities with its communities in Port–au-Prince, Haiti – activities which it completed approximately 24 hours before its expected landfall. PCI’s communities are equipped with basic emergency supplies, communication strategies, and emergency response plans; and PCI staff are prepared to conduct an assessment of its impact and launch an immediate response.
Jim DiFrancesca, PCI’s Director of Humanitarian Assistance, currently predicts that the storm will bring heavy rains to Port-au-Prince, and will likely result in flooding, landslides, and an increase in cases of cholera. Isaac may also cause damage in areas where families continue to live in poorly constructed shelters. PCI is making preparations to respond alongside its community partners.
PCI established a team on Haiti in 2010 after the devastating earthquake, and has been rebuilding the community of Ravine Pintade in Port-au-Prince with partners CHF and USAID. This innovative approach to disaster restoration was recently lauded by the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/in-one-of-haitian-capitals-roughest-neighborhoods-a-pretty-good-second-chance/2012/08/18/0958982c-ae5c-11e1-936a-45aa2b40de38_story.html). Please continue to check our website for updates on the situation, and if you’d like to support PCI’s efforts in Haiti and around the world, please visit https://action.pciglobal.org/donate.