Operation Compassion Responds to Spring Flooding in Hispaniola

By , June 18, 2004

The months of May and June ushered unprecedented spring storms causing widespread flooding on the Caribbean Island of Hispaniola destroying thousands of homes and leaving thousands homeless. The disastrous consequences of this unprecedented flooding claimed more than 2,000 lives in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

In the wake of this severe flooding, Operation Compassion has been working with partner agencies serving as a network in Haiti to expedite delivery of disaster relief supplies. Through this partnership with World Vision and Food for the Poor, thousands of families displaced by the flooding are receiving food, blankets and other necessary products designed to sustain life.

In the Dominican Republic, Operation Compassion is working directly with Church of God Overseer Andres Rincon to deliver disaster relief supplies. Through this effort, families will receive necessary relief supplies through churches, some having suffered catastrophic destruction of property as well as great loss of life.

The devastation across the island of Hispaniola affected valley rural areas as rain runoff from the hills collected and created vast pools. The rainwater gathered mud and debris from the forest covered hills as this deluge slammed into houses, huts, businesses and other structures in its path. Floodwaters ran four to eight deep down village streets leaving nothing untouched. Many building were washed off there foundations still intact, while others were reduced to rubble.

Dr. John D. Nichols, President, Operation Compassion said, “The tragic events that enveloped unsuspecting residents of Haiti and Dominican Republic saddens our hearts. There are children that have lost one or both of their parents and there are parents that have lost children. Such loss of live is hard to understand.”

Nichols continued, “However, Operation Compassion understands that catastrophic events do happen. That is why, regardless of the disaster, Operation Compassion will do its best to alleviate the suffering of those families caught in the grip of disastrous circumstances.”

David Lorency, International Field Director, Operation Compassion, said, “Almost without exception, those that are hardest it can least afford to deal with their misfortunes. That is the mission and purpose of Operation Compassion – helping to meet the needs of the suffering, confused and disoriented victims of disaster.”

Dr. Nichols and the Board of Directors, David Lorency and the staff are of one mind – Operation Compassion must do whatever it takes to get all the relief supplies possible to the need.

Anyone interested in supporting financially, donating products or providing a corporate lead may contact:

Operation Compassion
Dr. John D. Nichols, President
David Lorency, International Field Director
Tim Burdashaw, Communications & Development

114 Stuart Road, NE Suite 370
Cleveland, TN 37312
423.728.3932 Office
423.728.3958 Fax
www.operationcompassion.org

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