Deadly Flash Flooding in Sosua
This morning, November 1st, 2008, we received a call from our clinic administrator, Susy Cabrera, crying that the entire communities of Villa Maranatha (where our clinic is located) and Sosua Abajo (where she lives)* were caught off guard by a RAGING FLASH FLOOD, some five feet high, yesterday afternoon! There has never been flooding this extreme in this area. She said the officials have reported 20 people DEAD. One child, caught by surprise, was swept away by the river water in the street.
"Our clinic is a disaster" Susy said. "We lost lots of medicines, our computers, refrigerator for medicines and vaccines, possibly our generator and other medical equipment. I've never seen anything like it!" At this point, we estimate damages to be at $3,500-$4,000.
I (Rob) will return to the mission tomorrow to help get the clinic re-opened. The thousands of people we regularly diagnose and treat at our clinic need our services now more than ever.
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Thank you and may God bless you for standing with us during our time of trouble.
Rob, Kelli and Staff
Island Impact Ministries
Footnote: These are predominantly poorer, Dominican areas where land is less expensive and families build their homes in areas which can be vulnerable, often close to rivers. However, this flash flood was very rare and obviously devastating, also affecting homes a good distance from the river.
Whilst the other areas of Sosua also suffered heavy rain for almost a week and the streets at the worst times were partially under water, the majority of properties remained well above water level.