Relief organizations from Connecticut are working hard to re-establish communications with their programs in Haiti.
Americares, Haitian Health Foundation, and Outreach to Haiti organizations are coordinating efforts to get emergency supplies and medicines to the devastated island.
Critical medical supplies left Bridgeport Airport in Stratford on Thursday morning, bound for Haiti. It is sponsored by Americares of Stamford.
Americares works with several other Connecticut-based non-profits to provide disaster relief aid to Haiti.
Thursday morning, the Haitian Health Foundation of Norwich got word that only 1 percent of the houses in the town of Jeremie were standing after the hurricane.
Many roads and bridges are damaged, and the only way to get supplies in is by helicopter.
“It's devastating. Haiti hadn't recovered from the earthquake (and) a lot of progress has been made but there was still a long way to go,” said Dan O’Sullivan, executive director of Outreach to Haiti.
His organization is in the midst of a fundraising bicycle ride from Maine to Connecticut, raising money to aid their earthquake damaged facility outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
"The hurricane in a way takes attention away from a more permanent structure, but at the same time reinforced to us the need to get a permanent structure,” O’Sullivan said.
"I heard they got hit pretty hard even in Port-au-Prince with all the flooding of course there's a lot of erosion,” said Monsignor James Carini, founder of Outreach to Haiti.
Phone communications are limited in Haiti, and it may be days before Connecticut-based non-profits learn first-hand the full impact of Hurricane Matthew.
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