Haiti – FLASH : Haiti under torrential rains on orange alert
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center issued this Saturday morning at 4:00 a.m. on the broad trough of depression, informs that the probability that this tropical depression 22 will transform into a storm is now close to 0% for the next few days.
However, the Miami Center stresses that although there is no longer a foreseeable risk of storms, the heavy rains are expected to continue through Sunday and are likely to produce flash flooding in urban areas, as well as landslides. mud in areas of higher terrain.
According to Marcelin Estherlin, Coordinator of the Haitian Hydro Meteorological Unit (UHM), the tropical depression will bring heavy amounts of rain between 200 to 300 millimeters to the southern region, strong winds and a Rough seas are expected.
The Haiti Maritime Navigation Service (SEMANAH) prohibits all cabotage activity on the southern coast of Haiti and in the Gulf of Gonâve and asks operators of small boats to remain in their home port or in sheltered waters.
Several departments, such as Grand’Anse, South, South-East and Nippes, are already receiving torrential rains, notably Grand’Anse where a lot of water has already fallen. A Civil Protection team reported a landslide in the Glace River region which also blocked national road #7, which connects Les Cayes and Jérémie.
At least two people were swept away by raging waters in the town of Pestel, local authorities reported.
Consequently, the General Directorate of Civil Protection and the Permanent Secretariat for Disaster Risk Management have issued an orange alert due to the high risk of flooding, landslides and rough seas for the departments of South, Nippes, Grand’Anse, South-East, North-West. The other departments of Artibonite, North, North-East, Center and West remain on yellow alert.
The General Directorate of Civil Protection and the Permanent Secretariat for Disaster Risk Management ask the population, particularly those living in disaster-prone areas, to respect safety advice, such as:
• Always follow the weather report, the advice of the authorities and civil protection. Don’t listen to rumors;
• If you live near a stream, near low water, or near the sea, make arrangements to move to a temporary shelter or another home in areas that will not be easily flooded.
• Never cross running water on foot, by bike, on animals, by car or motorbike. Don’t tell yourself I have time…
• If you live in an area likely to have landslides or landslides, find a place away from danger and also leave with your family just in case.
• Secure anything that can be blown away by the wind and that is outside the house, such as: trash, tools, posters, decorative lamps, light bulbs, etc.
• If necessary, protect boats and boats and tie them away from the shore.
• Care for frail adults, people with disabilities and children. Always be supportive of them.