Haiti has been all too familiar with natural disaster and devastation. They have been struggling to recover from the destructive 2010 earthquake. Hindering progress, category 4 hurricane Matthew hit the island on Tuesday with winds up to 145 miles per hour. The storm came in destroying homes, killing livestock, and cutting off transportation. A reported 400 homes have been completely destroyed, many washed out to sea. Seven people have been reported dead including four from the Dominican Republic, one in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, one in Haiti, and one in Columbia. The storm has been devastating to an already struggling economy.
I survived Super Typhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines in November 2013. People refused to leave their homes and escape the 200mph winds and 16ft storm surge. It was devastating because the people in that region of the Philippines had not experienced a significant storm in their lifetime. I hope that Haitians have learned the importance of preparation from their previous experiences with natural disasters. The storm will continue to have negative effects on their economy, but I hope that through the pathways previously established for humanitarian and government aid will help them recover quickly.