A report on Jeremie Haiti gives an accurate depiction of some of the struggles this country has faced since Hurricane Matthew and will continue to face for many years now that the storm has passed. This specific town Jeremie is a coastal town, and they faced huge amounts of destruction as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
Things in Jeremie were looking up economically and in their infrastructure, however “instead of going forward, we have to restart” says the minister for commerce and industry. Now, their economy will struggle fiercely as many industries were completely wiped out and others will struggle to find business among the people left.
As far as measurable destruction goes, it is hard to place a value on all that was lost. The economy was wiped clear and will have to be built up from the ground again. Additionally, when it comes to human lives, not only have 450 deaths been estimated thus far, there are also lasting damages to health caused by yet another spike in the cholera outbreak. I am a Public Health student and have spent a bit of time studying Cholera and its impacts, and that is one of the worst aftereffects of this Hurricane, but it is also something that isn’t easily fixed. Especially when it is so widespread like it is right now, which will be hard to contain.
It seems that every time Haiti gets back on its feet, some natural disaster comes and knocks it back down again. Some of the residents of this city reported on the losses they faced, saying things like, “as for material things, I lost everything”, as well as reporting on the failures of their businesses and the struggles of their farms. My heart goes out to these people and I wonder what I can do to help, what our country can do to help, and how Haiti will rebuild after this devastation.
Ahmed, Azam. “A Haitian City Was Finally Prospering. Then Came the Storm.” The New York Times 11 Oct. 2016, Vol. CLXVI ed., No. 57,382 sec.: A1+. Print.