Denver Newsroom, Aug 26, 2020 / 17:01 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Hurricane Laura caused flooding in several Caribbean territories over the weekend, killing at least 24 people and causing thousands to be without utilities. The storm is now approaching Texas and Louisiana.
The storm first approached the Caribbean Aug. 23 and has killed at least 20 people in Haiti, and three in the Dominican Republic.
Nikki Gamer, media relations manager for Catholic Relief Services, told CNA that while the specifics of the storm's damages have not yet been evaluated, the victims in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico will be needing more help with basic necessities.
“We’re just beginning to understand the impacts of the latest storm, but what we do know is that whatever the damage, it will be yet more terrible news for the people of Haiti,” CRS’ Haiti country representative Chris Bessey stated.
“In recent years, they’ve dealt with a prolonged economic downturn, drought, worsening food insecurity, political upheaval, COVID-19, and now a devastating storm. Yes - the Haitian people are resilient. But that doesn’t diminish the fact that communities here are struggling under tremendous hardships.”