- Fears of mudslides, heavy rain, floods, wind and waterborne diseases
- Irma due to impact Haiti around 7pm Irish time (2pm-4pm in Haiti) with staff in lockdown, 20ft waves expected
- Concern ready to distribute emergency supplies and assist in clean-up operation
- Fears Hurricane Jose will follow with no time to prepare
The deadly Category 5 storm is due to impact the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere this evening (between 2pm-4pm Haiti time) with 20 foot waves expected in coastal regions, north of the country.
Over the last few days, government and local authorities have been supporting communities prepare for Irma by urging them to move away from coastal areas and to ensure they have basic emergency supplies, such as food, drinking water and shelter.
The Irish NGO said areas of Haiti are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Matthew last October, which devastated the country and killed hundreds, and people are fearing the worst as the latest storm hits.
Speaking from Haiti, Concern’s Logistics Coordinator, Gillian Boyle, said: