By Ralph ‘Onz’ Chery

Jacmel residents as Tropical Storm Laura eased up on Sunday afternoon. Etienne Côté-Paluck’s Twitter Images

At least nine people died and two went missing in Haiti as Tropical Storm Laura made its way through the country on Sunday, according to Le Nouvelliste. Countless homes also crumbled as high winds and floodwaters raced through towns in Laura’s path — causing some residents to flee for safety in the middle of the night and government officials to issue a red alert.

Besieged residents said they were caught unaware and implored the government to help those left homeless.

The Haitian government could have used more of its resources, including social media, to warn people about Laura, said Luigi François, an independent certified disaster prevention agent based in Tabarre, Port-au-Prince.


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Onz Chery

Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local soccer leagues in New York. After...