扶輪與「避難箱」現身援助海地

縱然海地仍逐漸從 2010 年災難性的地震中復原,颶風馬修還是在 10 月 4 日無情地摧殘這個窮困的島國,造成上百人喪生及更多人無家可歸。


這個規模四級的強烈颶風在海地估計使大約 33 萬人受到影響,其中包含 6400 名被安置到暫時的收容所的人們。幾座主要橋樑及其他的交通網絡嚴重受損,造成某些地方對外聯絡中斷,岌岌可危。暴雨引起洪水及土石流,受到汙染的水源也導致霍亂及其他水媒疾病的病例攀升。


由來自加拿大,英國,紐西蘭以及美國義工所組成的「避難箱」反應小組已於上週抵達海地首都太子港,評估當地受損情況並決定最好的援助對策。「避難箱」(ShelterBox)是一個獨立的慈善機構,也是扶輪的災難救助計畫夥伴。


「避難箱」與扶輪社員、政府當局及其他救難團隊一起合作,把服務的重點放在遏止海地南 部的霍亂爆發及提供緊急庇護所。「避難箱」於星期三運送了一批補給品運抵海地南部凱萊港,可能用於幫助醫療專業人員篩檢及治療霍亂疾病患者。

 

「避難箱」的執行長柯里斯沃罕 Chris Warham 表示,「我們希望能提供一些避難器材組以及 其他重要的供應品如太陽能燈、蚊帳、濾水器以及儲水設備,這些都能幫助我們防治霍亂。」

 

颶風馬修風速每小時達 155 英哩,是 50 年來登陸海地造成土石流的最強風暴。

 

 

風暴沿途橫掃美國及加拿大

 

此一具破壞性的颶風路徑穿越美國佛州,喬治亞州,南卡羅來納州,北卡羅萊納州,甚至遠 至東北方的加拿大新斯科細亞省,造成洪水,嚴重破壞及人員傷亡。扶輪社員正齊心協力提 供急難救助用品以及幫助許多家庭尋找庇護所安置。

 

「河水依舊還在上升,預期週日就會到達最頂點,」位於北卡羅萊納州的 7710 地區,總監魯欣.米契爾.辛克萊 Rusine Mitchell Sinclair 表示「我們與鄰近地區的扶輪社員合作提供救助,一旦洪水水位達到頂點我們便會馬上評估人們最需要的幫助是什麼。」

 

 

您可如何協助

 

「災難網協助扶輪社員行動團體」(Disaster Network Assistance Rotarian Action Group)與 7020 地區正在收集救災捐獻以援助海地及巴哈馬。首批救災資金將用於汰換 1,000 戶房舍的屋頂,及提供 Sawyer 公司的濾水系統。請造訪 7020 地區的颶風馬修救災網頁: http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50041/SitePage/hurricane-matthew-ways-to-give,以了解捐獻的方式。

 

如果您想要幫助北加州的受災民眾,請捐獻給 7710 地區。(救災網頁:
http://rotary7710.org/district-news/hurricane-matthew-relief-efforts/

 

國際扶輪辦事人員現與受到颶風馬修及妮可影響的其他區域的地區領導人聯絡,並且追蹤瞭 解太平洋的風災情況。如欲了解有關如何捐獻給其他地區的資訊,請以電郵 relief@rotary.org 聯絡。

 

請上網 Twitter 與 Facebook 網頁,瞭解最新資訊。

請從「避難箱」的網頁 https://www.shelterbox.org/matthew 知悉如何提供協助。

 

撰文:Maureen Vaught

扶輪新聞 Rotary News

2016 年 10 月 14 日

 

 

ROTARY AND SHELTERBOX ON THE GROUND IN HAITI

Even as parts of Haiti were still recovering from a catastrophic 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew tore through the impoverished island country 4 October, leaving hundreds dead and many more homeless.

 

The Category 4 storm affected an estimated 330,000 people in Haiti, including 6,400 who were moved to temporary shelters. Extensive damage to main bridges and other transportation networks have left some areas cut off and vulnerable. Torrential rains have resulted in flooding and landslides. And contaminated water supplies threaten to lead to a surge in cholera cases and other waterborne illnesses.

 

A ShelterBox response team of volunteers from Canada, England, New Zealand, and the United States traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital, last week to assess the damage and decide how best to help people. ShelterBox, an independent charity, is Rotary's project partner for disaster relief.

 

Working with Rotary members, government authorities, and other relief agencies, ShelterBox is focusing on the cholera outbreak in the southern region of the island and emergency shelter. A shipment of ShelterBox supplies arrived in Les Cayes, in the south of Haiti, on Wednesday, which likely will be used to help health professionals screen and treat cholera victims.

 

"We hope to provide ShelterKits along with other crucial supplies like solar lights, mosquito nets, water purification units, and water carriers. All of which will help in the fight against cholera," says Chris Warham, chief executive of ShelterBox.

 

With wind speeds reaching 155 miles per hour, Hurricane Matthew is considered the worst storm to make landfall in Haiti in more than 50 years.

 

 

STORM'S PATH HITS UNITED STATES AND CANADA

 

The destructive path of the hurricane cut through communities in Florida, Georgia, and South and North Carolina, USA, and as far northeast as Nova Scotia, Canada, causing flooding, severe damage, injury, and death. Rotary members are working together to provide emergency supplies and help families find shelter.

 

"Rivers are still rising and expected to crest on Sunday," says Rusine Mitchell Sinclair, governor of District 7710 in North Carolina. "We'll work with our neighboring districts to provide relief once the flooding has peaked and we can get in to assess what's needed."

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

 

The Disaster Network Assistance Rotarian Action Group and Rotary District 7020 are collecting donations for relief in Haiti and the Bahamas. The initial funds will be used to replace the roofs of 1,000 homes and provide Sawyer water filtration systems. Please visit their website to learn about ways to give.

 

If you would like to help those affected in North Carolina, send donations to District 7710.

 

Rotary staff are in touch with district leaders in other areas affected by hurricanes Matthew and Nicole and are also monitoring storms in the Pacific. Contact relief@rotary.org for information about how to contribute to other districts.

 

Follow ShelterBox on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

Learn how you can help at ShelterBox.

By Maureen Vaught

Rotary News

14-Oct-2016