Non-stop footage of the wreckage in Haiti has shown people simply piling the thousands of the dead along the side of the road and Haitian officials are estimating the total number of the dead at 100,000 to 500,000 and a 3 million total people affected after a magnitude 7 earthquake (with at least 26 aftershocks) near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti’s capital and largest city.
Among the wreckage lies the presidential palace, the National Assembly building, the city’s main jail, the Port-au-Prince Cathedral, at least one hospital, and the United Nations’ headquarters in Haiti. Workers inside the headquarters are unaccounted for and are feared dead.
To make matters worse, Haiti is also one of the poorest and unstable countries in the world. In short, they do not have anywhere near the resources to deal with a catastrophe the likes of this, especially after many local relief organizations were themselves damaged in the earthquake, and will require as much foreign aid as a country that people don’t typically care about can possibly get.
You can help support the effort by texting ‘Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross or visit one of these organizations:
A Haitian based organization that is helping the local rescue effort.
The leader in the foreign relief effort, American Red Cross has already pledged an initial $200,000 to helping the victims of the disaster but the ultimate price tag will be much higher.
The Salvation Army is appealing for donations to the Latin America Disaster Fund.
DWB has been setting up clinics all around the affected areas to treat the thousands wounded.
A truly excellent relief organization.
The UN’s emergency relief organization.