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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 25, 2012) – Heifer International's Haiti country office remains closed today after Tropical Storm Sandy passed near the island country, dumping several inches of rain. The storm, which has been upgraded to a Category 2 hurricane, is expected to produce a total of 6 to 12 inches of rain across Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Earlier in the year, numerous Heifer International project participants’ livestock were killed and a breeding center damaged when Tropical Storm Isaac struck Haiti in August.
Hervil Cherubin, country director of Heifer Haiti, reports that many crops have been destroyed near Heifer's office in Les Cayes, and rivers are overflowing. Transportation is very difficult and project activities this week are not possible.
No harm to Heifer project participants has currently been reported, but Heifer International staff is evaluating the situation and will share more information as it becomes available.
About Heifer International:
Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit www.heifer.org or call (800) 696-1918.