Elsa is coming on top of an already very complex situation that includes a sociopolitical crisis, a deadly resurgence of COVID-19, armed gang violence and population displacement in Haiti.
The violence is having serious consequences and ripple effects on the economy and the humanitarian response in terms of access to the southern peninsula — the anticipated route for Elsa. It has been cut off from the capital because of the gang violence.
Since June 1, more than 16,000 Haitians from poor, working-class neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince have been forced to flee their homes because of armed conflict between rival gangs.
The Office of Civil Protection said all teams and structures were mobilized, and discussing how to address the emergency response if needed. Elsa had the possibility of entering the southeast of Haiti or brush Haiti, he and others warned.
“Regardless of the scenario all of the southern coast of Haiti has the possibility of being affected by violent winds,” Esterlin Marcelin of Haiti’s Hydro-Meteorological Service said during a press conference.
At 10 a.m. Haiti had already registered rainfall in several regional departments across its mountainous terrain. Hurricane Elsa was 186 miles from the commune of Anse-à-Pitres along the Haitian-Dominican border in the southeast.
In addition to preparing for the impending hurricane, Haitian emergency personnel were still trying to deal with an aircraft accident Saturday after a single-engine airplane crashed Friday night, killing all six persons on board. The plane was en route to the town of Jacmel in southeast, Haiti.
Miami Herald reporter Adriana Brasileiro contributed to this report.(c)2021 Miami Herald Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.