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HAITI EARTHQUAKE DEVASTATION…WE SEND OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS

The earthquake that hit Haiti raising fears hundreds of thousands of people may have been killed is the latest in a long line of stormy history of natural disasters to befall the country, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Haiti has always been dependent on foreign aid in emergencies as hurricanes and flooding are perennial concerns for the country. In 1963,hurricane Flora (the 6th deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history devastated the island. Flora’s damage to crop and property was estimated by the US weather bureau to be between $125m and $180m killing 5000. The country was hit by two disasters in 2004.

The earthquake that hit Haiti raising fears hundreds of thousands of people may have been killed is the latest in a long line of stormy history of natural disasters to befall the country, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Haiti has always been dependent on foreign aid in emergencies as hurricanes and flooding are perennial concerns for the country. In 1963,hurricane Flora (the 6th deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history devastated the island. Flora’s damage to crop and property was estimated by the US weather bureau to be between $125m and $180m killing 5000. The country was hit by two disasters in 2004. In May, flooding from heavy rains killed over 2000 people. In September ,mudslides and flooding caused by hurricane Jeane (the 12th deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history) killed over 3000 people mostly in Gonaives. In 2008, four storms stunned Haiti, tropical storm Fay, hurricane Gustav, hurricane Hauna and hurricane Ike resulted in heavy rains causing flooding.1000 people died while an unimaginable 800,000 people were rendered homeless. That’s about 10% of Haiti’s population. The damage caused was estimated at $1billion. The country has had to contend with an unending political turmoil in the midst of all this. After going through about three decades of despotic rule in the hands of Francois ‘‘Papa Doc’’ Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude ‘‘Baby Doc’’ Duvalier, the country elected Jean-Bertrand Aristide the slum president as president in 1990 only for him to be overthrown in 1991 then got restored by US troops. He was again ejected in a bloody coup in 2004 amidst several accusations. Haiti is a country in need. In need of love, of prayers and resources. If you have the means and resources, help relieve the sufferings of the Haitian people, give of your money but most importantly spare a thought and your prayers. Here at Omojuwa.com , we send our love and prayers.

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