Thousands of people are feared dead after the powerful earthquake hit Haiti’s capital. Read more on the devastating Haiti earthquake and relief efforts below.
The many dead lay in the streets of Port-au-Prince after the mighty earthquake shook the poor country.
Haiti earthquake relief is underway with the Red Cross and United Nations opening emergency funds and gathering supplies for the massive relief effort.
The relief efforts were ready to help up to a “maximum of three million people”.
The deadly earthquake measured 7.2 on the Richter scale and is the most powerful earthquake to hit Haiti in over 200 years.
Residents of Haiti used flashlights trying to locate their injured and dead. Thousands of people gathered together singing hymns and crying.
One of the capital’s hospitals was destroyed in the quake, burying patients. The Medicins Sans Frontieres’ trauma hospital was also damaged by the quake.
President Barack Obama said his “thoughts and prayers” were with the people of Haiti and pledged immediate aid.
The Huffington Post released information on how you can help the relief effort in Haiti:
•The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their International Response Fund.
•UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
•Donate through Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti. Text “Yele” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and given to relief projects through the organization.
•Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.
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