Another Battle For Haiti: The Devastation of Hurricane Matthew
by MarcusJoseph on October 7, 2016 - 12:27pm
As one of the strongest hurricanes since 2007 approached the Caribbean islands of Haiti and Jamaica, Hurricane Matthew caused chaos and destruction on the civilians living there. The torrential rain and strong winds of the outer reaches of the Category 4 Storm, ranked on the Saffir-Simpson scale out of 5, approached Haiti and Jamaica causing extreme alarm and even prompted residents to evacuate the homes located in the the more coastal cities before the brunt of the storm was imminent. As the Hurricane with winds reaching up to 235km/h passed over Haiti, it devastated the country with mostly poor residential infrastructure, causing severe flooding, displacement, and the reported deaths of 478 Haitian people, which could rise. The hurricane has also brought about many other serious side effects such as the destruction of many of the countries crop fields and the possible surge of Cholera that could result from the poor conditions and flooding. The devastating impact Matthew has had on the country thus far has led to a severe need for access to clean water and food for the thousands of people who struggle to search through the remains of the places they once called home. Many Haitians are claiming that they have been stripped of all their possessions and many are fortunate to not have lost their lives in the incident. As the country seeks to rebuild from one of the most serious environmental disasters to strike their country since the 2010 Seven Magnitude earthquake, the need for foreign aid is urgent and extremely necessary.
Hurricane Matthew is a reminder to people across the globe that we are all incapable of avoiding the natural processes of our Earth and we are only able to use precaution and safety measures to do the best possible job to avoid extensive damage or loss of life. Safety measures include ensuring that common residential infrastructure is built to a certain standard to withstand such factors as strong winds or earthquake tremors, and the availability of excess food and water in case of emergency. These safety measures are almost impossible to put into effect for the more impoverished countries across the globe, who struggle to provide adequate housing and food supplies for themselves everyday, let alone in the face of a disaster. This is why when poor countries that are prone to natural disaster events, such as Haiti, register such devastating results. The poor residents of the nation are forced to build their own make shift homes and do have much of an excess surplus of food or water, leaving effected residents with virtually nothing. This creates a very disturbing cycle that these poverty-ridden countries face.
Countries that don’t have the economic stability that more western nations have, face an extremely hard time to build up enough money and resources to live a quality of life that is adequate. These serious natural disasters that strike these impoverished nations have the ability to literally destroy everything that these people own, including their housing, work places, material possessions, food and water sources. This is an absolute tragedy since the people cannot simply replace what has been taken from them, and are forced to essentially start their material lives from the beginning. This loss of economic wealth that arises from these natural disasters is causing a disturbing cycle where the average civilian is not able to overcome poverty due to the devastation resulting from these events that take place almost every decade. The rebuilding of a nation must begin immediately if the Haitian people are going to be able to return to their once normal lives.
Reuters, T. (2016, October 6). Hurricane Matthew's death toll reported to be 478 in Haiti, 61,500 people displaced. CBC News. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/hurricane-matthew-haiti-death-toll-1.3794304