#AceNewsReport – Aug.24: The storm brought wind speeds of up to 200 km/h (125mph) when it reached the coast of mainland Mexico. Of the eight people killed, six were members of the same family, state government officials said….
#AceDailyNews says the deaths and the worst damage occurred in the state of Veracruz, where the storm uprooted trees when it made landfall early on Saturday.
In the state capital, Xalapa, many streets became rivers of mud.
The hurricane later weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland.
However, high winds and downpours were reported to be causing more flooding as Grace travelled north of Mexico City.
Residents of the coastal town of Tecolutla, in Veracruz state, said the hurricane had been devastating.
“You could just hear the thunder of the falling trees, it sounded very nasty, very horrible,” Laura Jacinto said, adding: ” I was very scared, I was very scared last night.”
Another resident, Adolfo Lopez, said: “The roof… everything is gone, it took everything with it.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.18: Countless Haitian families who have lost everything due to the #earthquake are now living literally with their feet in the water due to the flooding,” said Bruno Maes, the UN Children’s Fund (Unicef) representative in the country.Buildings in Les Cayes were destroyed by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake…..
#AceDailyNews says Haiti #Earthquake: Death toll reaches nearly 2,000 & 10,000 people have been injured, and many are still missing after the the 7.2-magnitude tremor and rescue work has been hampered by heavy rains brought this week by Tropical Storm #Grace to the Caribbean nation and the UN says about 500,000 children now have limited or no access to shelter, safe water and food UNICEF says half a million children affected …
Tens of thousands of people left homeless by the quake had to decide whether to brave the storm under flimsy tarpaulins or risk returning into buildings damaged by the tremor and smaller aftershocks.
The south-west of Haiti appears to have suffered the worst of the damage from the quake, especially around the city of Les Cayes.
“Yesterday [Tuesday] evening, I took shelter near a church, but when I heard the ground shake again, I ran to return here,” city resident Magalie Cadet was quoted as saying by the AFP news agency.
She said so few structures remained standing that people had to relieve themselves on the city streets.
Some hospitals were left overwhelmed and in need of supplies, as medics struggled to treat the injured.
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PORT-AU-PRINCE / PANAMA CITY, 17 August 2021 – UNICEF estimates that about 1.2 million people, including 540,000 children, have been affected by the powerful earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday.
The hardest hit departments of South, Nippes and Grand’Anse are now being drenched by Tropical Depression Grace, which is further disrupting access to water, shelter, and other basic services. Flooding and mudslides are likely to worsen the situation of vulnerable families and further complicate the humanitarian response.
Search and rescue efforts are under way, with official reports of over 1,400 deaths and 7,000 injured. More than 84,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed, along with public infrastructure, including hospitals, schools and bridges.
“Last night, I saw strong winds and heavy rainfall strike the same areas already affected by the earthquake,” said Bruno Maes, UNICEF’s Representative in Haiti, who is currently in Les Cayes. “Countless Haitian families who have lost everything due to the earthquake are now living literally with their feet in the water due to the flooding.”
“Right now, about half a million Haitian children have limited or no access to shelter, safe water, health care and nutrition,” said Maes.
Criminal violence and insecurity complicate the humanitarian response, and the main road from Port-au-Prince to the south of the country is controlled by gangs. Nevertheless, UNICEF was able reach affected areas with medical supplies within hours of the earthquake. A UNICEF truck delivered six medical kits to three hospitals in Les Cayes, with enough supplies – including gloves, painkillers, antibiotics and syringes – to treat 30,000 earthquake victims over three months.
UNICEF and partners are distributing tarpaulins for emergency shelter, latrines and showers; water reservoirs for safe water distribution; and hygiene kits including water treatment tablets, soap, menstrual hygiene material, and jerrycans.
In the courtyard of one hospital, UNICEF installed tents to shelter patients who feared the building could collapse.
Additional supplies, including education and recreational kits will be rapidly mobilized, and UNICEF is planning community-based engagement activities to prevent family separation and to ensure protection and psychosocial support for children.
UNICEF is working closely with the government and partners to carry out rapid assessments of children’s needs. UNICEF estimates that it will need US$15 million to respond to the most urgent needs of at least 385,000 people including 167,000 children under the age of five for a period of eight weeks. This initial funding requirement will be reviewed and adjusted in the coming weeks as the impact on children and families becomes clearer.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: It’s totally turned into a river,” a man is heard saying in the video, which appeared to have been shot in the city of Jacmel, on Haiti’s southern coast….
#AceDailyNews says that Quake-Struck Haiti Is Lashed by Heavy Rains After Storm Hits Today Tuesday: The deluge could complicate the relief efforts that followed a 7.2-magnitude temblor that devastated the southwest of the country on Saturday and now Tropical Storm #Gracemade its way across Haiti, which was already reeling from a devastating earthquake, videos circulating on social networks on Tuesday showed heavy rains pummeling towns and villages, bringing the risk of flash floods and landslides.
Tropical Depression Grace is churning in the Caribbean, prompting storm warnings for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean. It is also threatening Haiti, which was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake on Saturday. https://t.co/LRMIHtEIDz
In one video, a man could be seen making his way through muddy water that had flooded a street up to his waist on Monday, when the storm struck. Another video showed floodwaters rushing across a street and inundating nearby homes.
I don’t mean to be hitched hiking for a prayer ride. But while you guys are at pray for our brothers and sisters in Haiti who were just hit by a terrible earthquake and are now facing hurricane grace without shelter pic.twitter.com/6mASNl6rCO
Heavy rains also pelted people who had huddled in fields, many of them forced to leave homes damaged in the 7.2-magnitude earthquake, and others who had sought safety outdoors because of a fear of aftershocks that could cause further collapses.
One video posted on Monday showed dozens of people trying to take shelter under plastic tarpaulins provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, which has sent help to Haiti, as they were hit by gusts of wind that had blown down their campsite.
In a message posted on Twitter on Monday night, the civil protection agency of Haiti said that heavy rainfall in the southern region was making the situation for displaced people even more challenging and called on residents whose homes had not been affected to help shelter them.
Grace hit Haiti as a tropical depression on Monday night but was later upgraded to a tropical storm. Coming after the earthquake on Saturday, the tempest has compounded the problems already facing the impoverished nation, which was still in the throes of a political crisis prompted by the assassination of its president, Jovenel Moïse, last month.
As Grace made landfall in Haiti, the authorities were still rushing to bring aid to the country’s southwest, which was devastated in the deadly earthquake just two days earlier.
The quake killed more than 1,400 people and injured nearly 7,000 others — a toll that is expected to rise. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, as well as dozens of schools, churches and health centers, according to reports by local authorities.
Memories of the crippling 2010 earthquake — and the shambolic humanitarian response that followed — are still vivid in the minds of Haitians, and the government has promised a more effective reaction this time. But the shipping of aid to the southwest has been hampered by logistical issues and medical facilities are lacking in that part of the country.
Paul Farmer, a physician and co-founder of the relief agency Partners in Health, which oversees several hospitals in Haiti, said that the country had established new emergency medical services in the intervening years, largely improving its ability to respond to an earthquake.
“This time around,” he said, “the idea is: How can we coordinate the response so that it doesn’t become a burden for the Haitians?”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to take the necessary precautions and remain vigilant to any new weather forecasts for this storm, as a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued by the National Hurricane Center for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
#AceDaileyNewsreports that the Coast Guard has set Port Condition YANKEE in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands due to #TropicalStormGrace approaches after National Hurricane Centre ..WARNING ….
U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 08/14/2021 06:09 AM EDTNews Release
Coast Guard sets Port Condition YANKEE in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Tropical Storm Grace
Editor’s note: Click on image to visit National Hurricane Center website.
During Port Condition YANKEE, the port is closed to all inbound commercial traffic unless authorized by the Captain of the Port. Vessels without the approved applications to remain in port shall leave the port at this time.
Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area. Mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.
Pleasure craft owners are advised to seek safe harbor and pay close attention to any changes in weather forecasts and small craft advisories throughout the weekend.
At this time, the Coast Guard will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Grace’s track and announce any increase in the Port Condition based on a future forecast.
The Coast Guard advises the public of these important safety messages:
Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are encouraged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be taken out of the water and stored in a place not prone to flooding. Those leaving their boats in the water should remove their EPIRBs and secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.
Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by storms. Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.
Be prepared. Area residents should be prepared with a family plan, a disaster supply kit, by having a place to go, securing their home and having a plan for pets. Information can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.
Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16.
#NEW: Images reveal mass destruction following the 7.2 earthquake in #Haiti. Similar in strength to the catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 160,000 people in the Caribbean country in 2010, according to a study. pic.twitter.com/1RYFlv31af
Grace became the seventh named storm of the season on Saturday. Earlier a tropical depression, Grace strengthened to tropical storm status about 400 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the National Hurricane Center.
On the current forecast track, the center of Grace is expected to move over the Leeward Islands Saturday night, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday and the Dominican Republic on Monday. 17 min ago
USGS predicts “high casualties” are probable and disaster is likely widespread after earthquake near Haiti
The US Geological Survey is estimating “high casualties” and widespread disaster in Haiti following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake Saturday morning.
“High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” according to the USGS.
Estimated economic losses are 0 to 3% GDP of Haiti, according to the USGS.
BBC News: Haiti: Many deaths feared after major 7.2-magnitude earthquake
A deadly earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The 7.2-magnitude quake hit the west of the country on Saturday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Images on social media showed buildings reduced to rubble: The prime minister said it had caused “several” deaths and “enormous damage”, though the exact toll remains unclear. Haiti is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people. The epicentre of Saturday’s earthquake was about 12km (7.5 miles) from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud.The tremor was felt in the densely-populated capital of Port-au-Prince, some 125km away, and in neighbouring countries. “Lots of homes are destroyed, people are dead and some are at the hospital,” Christella Saint Hilaire, who lives near the epicentre, told AFP news agency. In a series of tweets, Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he had mobilised a team to work on the relief effort, and sent condolences to those affected. The USGS earlier warned that the earthquake could result in thousands of fatalities and injuries. Frantz Duval, editor-in-chief of Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste newspaper, tweeted that two hotels were among the buildings destroyed in the town of Les Cayes. He said the local hospital was overwhelmed. “Slowly, strongly and for very long seconds the earth shook in Haiti on 14 August, 2021 around 8:30 am,” he wrote. Photos shared on social media showed damaged buildings and piles of rubble after the quake. Naomi Verneus, a 34-year-old resident of the capital Port-au-Prince, told the Associated Press news agency she was woken up by the earthquake and that her bed was shaking.