Hurricane Matthew: Haiti Update

October 17: SELF staff has assessed Hurricane Matthew’s damage to our solar installations on Haiti’s Southwest Coast.  The reports are that the hurricane-force winds wreaked massive damage on our projects.  They include a micro-grid we recently completed for three communities, along with solar systems provided to 12 health centers and an emergency communications center.  As one observer told us, “If it wasn’t in concrete, it’s probably gone.”
While we intend to salvage and rebuild the infrastructure we have lost, it is clear to us and our partners that our first priority, particularly with the cholera outbreak, is to provide electricity to health facilities and solar-powered water purification systems to communities.  We are intensely planning next steps to help address this humanitarian disaster and will provide you with followup information as it becomes available.

 

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October 6:  The news from our partners in Haiti is grim.  Hurricane Matthew has left entire coastal towns in ruins.  Immediate priorities are providing an estimated 350,000 displaced people with food, water, shelter, and medical services.  At the same time, SELF and its partners in Haiti are sorting out what, if any, solar power generation equipment can be salvaged in order to bring electricity that is vital for restoring communication and medical services  It will be several days before we can fully assess the losses and craft a plan to move forward.

 

October 5th: Since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday morning, reports of devastation in the country continue to mount.  So far, the Solar Electric Light Fund has received indications that the base yard of the new micro-grid that was installed on Haiti’s Southwest Coast last year has been flooded, and distribution lines are likely to have been seriously damaged.  We are also concerned about many of the 12 health centers where SELF installed critical solar power systems; many are located directly on the coast that has experienced heavy flooding and wind damage.
With a loss of communication and impassable roads in remote areas, it will take time to assess the full extent of the damage to all of the solar electricity projects SELF has installed.  Our greatest concern is that the ability of the flood victims to recover will be seriously hampered by their lack of access to electricity.  Please keep our Haitian partners and friends in your thoughts as they face yet another disaster.  As we receive news, we will provide further updates.

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