Devastation: Haiti

Posted: January 15, 2010 by Brian in 911, death, disasters, Emergency, Homeless
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As most of us have heard by now, the island of Haiti was struck by a powerful 7.0 magnitude quake, tumbling over buildings and taking lives. At the moment the death toll is estimated at over 100,000 with more victims missing, and trapped under concrete rubble. They’re calling this the largest single loss of life in history. More than three times the amount of casualties on 9/11.

Haiti’s population was around the 9,000,000’s according to the Population Reference Bureau (www.prb.org), just a few hundred thousand less than the county of Los Angeles, CA. Although, 100,000 may not seem to impact a population this size on paper, the streets and residents affected by the quake can positively prove otherwise. People are walking the streets in complete confusion, mayhem everywhere.

Sophie Perez, country director for Care International, told guardian.co.uk

“People were screaming, crying, running. Everything was moving. I saw a building of nine floors collapse right in front of me. A bank collapsed. Even if a building isn’t totally destroyed, you can’t access the area because of the danger … we’re particularly worried about the children, because so many schools seem to have collapsed. In Haiti children go to school in the afternoon. Children were still in school when the earthquake hit, so there are many children trapped. It’s horrifying. The slums on the hills have also completely collapsed. We have heard of landslides, with entire communities being wiped out … there were eight aftershocks during the night and we woke up every time. My children are terrified. Everyone is terrified.”

I’m sure a lot of us feel that if we could go to Haiti to help, we would. Since most of us can not, please make an effort to donate to the Red Cross. People from around the globe helped out during our own disasters with 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. I think it may be time to show are gratitude by giving back.


How to Help:

By Phone: 1-800-RED CROSS
Internet: www.redcross.org

The easiest way to donate is through text (if supported by your mobile phone, standard txt charge applies), by simply texting the word HAITI to 90999. This will donate $10 directly to Red Cross for the Haiti relief and charge your phone bill automatically. You would have probably spent the $10 on something useless like ringtones, or wallpapers so you might as well let your money make a difference.

Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10.

May God bless the families who are suffering and those victims of the quake.

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