Here is the picture of a boat in the streets of Cap-Haitian following the flood in November, 2014
Cap-Haitien's downtown area was completely underwater, and the city's rivers and ravines overflowed their banks. The Cap-Haitien police patrolling the flood areas discovered many bodies of flood victims lying in the streets, including young children of only two or three years of age. In a heart-breaking discovery, an eight-member family lost four of its members to death. Three others went missing with the father recovering in hospital. Many more flood victims have yet to be confirmed because disaster conditions make it hard to navigate through the area.
Although the government of Haiti has responded with its resources, it cannot adequately meet the demands of all four departments that have sustained major damage from the swarm of storms that assaulted the North and West Departments, the North being the worst casualty, and Cap-Haitien the worst of all. Beon through the media implores ". . . the private sector to help us because it continues to rain."
Haiti and its neighbor, the Dominican Republic, survived a series of storms that rampaged across the island of Hispaniola, displacing thousands of people. The old colonial city of Cap-Haitien seemed to get the worst of it, according to Haiti's Civil Protection Agency, who reported an estimated 6,000 homes sustained flood damage, 66 of them completely ruined. Reports varied on the death toll, between five and seven dead, and one person missing. President Martelly and Prime Minister Lamothe performed their official duties, touring the disaster area while food and aid relief supplies were being handed out to flood survivors.
Residents in afflicted areas were anxious to retrieve whatever belongings they could from their water-swamped homes, wading through knee-high water. A reported 4,000 displaced survivors were sent to temporary shelters set up at unaffected schools nearby.
Mole Saint-Nicolas is geographically positioned to benefit from a wind channel as well as the depth of the coastal waters to provide alternative forms of energy. The plan for development of the site includes this energy component, as well as the development of a maritime corridor, the use of the region's natural offerings and the ever-important tourist aspect, with a strong emphasis on the promotion of the area's vivid history.
The Haitian government wants to develop its port facilities to compete for business from Panama. Panama is currently expanding its canal to accommodate post-Panamax ships, larger and faster vessels.
Both the U.S. and Europe are preparing for Panamas' new vessels to be in operation by 2015.
Port Authority Director, Alix Celestin, convened a two-day conference in Pétionville to motivate private investors to create a maritime industry, beneficial to the economy and competitive in attracting more business from Panama.
During a storm, securing boats in a safe reef or a lagoon is a good option. Still, once a boat is in the water, the threat of capsizing is a distinct possibility. The procedure for righting a boat that has been capsized varies depending on its size, though the safety and stability of very large vessels that have capsized will be greatly compromised even if righted. Small vessels can usually be righted by its crew's efforts and some vessels, outfitted with enough flotation can stabilize themselves.
Here is a picture of the Quantum of the Seas of the Royal Caribbean. It will be in operation in 2014 with destination through the Eastern Caribbean cruise from port of Cape Liberty (NJ), docking at Labadee (Haiti), San Juan, Puerto Rico, Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands, Philipsburg, St. Martin and Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
The New Quantum of the Seas will include Bumper cars, simulated skydiving, an observation capsule
Yes there was. His name was Joseph Laroche. The Haitian man wh perished in Titanic came from a wealthy family in Haiti. Joseph Laroche studied engineering in France. He married Juliette, a white girl. Together Joseph Laroche and Juliette had a daughter Simonne. In 1910 the family gave birth to a premature girl, Louise, who had a lot of complications. Out of frustration from being discriminated, Joseph Laroche decided to leave France for his home country, Haiti. Joseph Laroche and family boarded the humongous Titanic on the evening of April 10, 1912, at Cherbourg, France.