AMERICA/HAITI - Hurricane Matthew: 800 dead but the toll is getting worse by the hour

Saturday, 8 October 2016 natural catastrophe   poverty   area crisis  


Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) - "We are still waiting for news of our confreres in Jérémie. Until today (October 7th ed) we have no news. And there is no way to contact or visit them" writes to Fides Fr. Kenol Chery, C.Ss.R., missionary and regional superior of the Redemptorists in Haiti. "All religious congregations are in the same situation. We see the pictures taken by American soldiers that show the destruction, damage and desolation of the people. But the Haitian authorities cannot intervene. We can only pray and hope".
"Our two parishes of Saint Louis Conzague in Fonfrede (Les Cayes) and Saint Louis Roi de France Château (Les Cayes) are destroyed. The parish church in Chateau and the building that housed the nursery are completely destroyed", added the missionary.
There is not a definite toll of casualties and damage from the authorities after Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean. In Haiti there are now more than 800 deaths, according to the agencies, but the toll becomes more and more dramatic as hours go by. Also Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the families of those who died because of Hurricane Matthew, and he expressed his closeness and affection to the injured and the victims of the catastrophe. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 08/10/2016)