Episcopal Relief & Development is in contact with Episcopal and Anglican partners in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos in response to Hurricane Fiona.
The storm made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sunday as a Category 1 hurricane. Almost 30-inches of rain caused flooding that killed at least one person and left over 1000 people in need of rescue in addition to leaving the entire island without power. In the Dominican Republic, 90 m.p.h wind and rain caused mudslides, shuttered resorts and damaged highways.
The storm has now strengthened into a Category 3, and is now approaching Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas.
“Our partners are preparing for and assessing the needs in their communities while dealing with continued rain and flooding created by Hurricane Fiona,” said Angel Venegas, Program Officer, US Disaster Program, Episcopal Relief & Development. “We stand ready to assist in the coming days and weeks.”
For over 80 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for close to 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.