Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Earthquake Hits Haiti...Let's Help!!!!

A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, inflicting a catastrophe on the impoverished Caribbean nation. The earthquake struck on January 12, 2010 at 4:53 p.m and the  7.0 magnitude quake's epicenter hit just 10 miles west of Porte-au-Prince and its 2 million inhabitants. Over 3 million people are in need of emergency aid after the earthquake.

The Red Cross dispatched a relief team from Geneva and the UN's World Food Program is flying in two planes with emergency food aid and the Inter-American Development Bank said it was immediately approving a $200,000 grant for emergency aid.

More than 100,000 dead in quake, Haiti's prime minister tells CNN and the numbers are expected to rise as volunteers and the Red Cross continue to pull people out of rubles.

I am of Dominican decent and have traveled to Haiti on many occasions, it is a beautiful country with even more beautiful people who are strong willed, hard workers and will rise above this catastrophe, but they will not do so without the help of the US and the rest of the world. Please I beg you to keep in close contact with your local community leaders and churches who will be making donations to Haiti and sending help. It is times like this that we must all come together to help those in need. Below are some websites that you can go on get further information, donate money, your time and supplies for our Haitian community. My heart goes out to Haiti and its beautiful people, God Bless them and please keep them in your prayers.

Below are some pictures reported by Anderson Cooper who is already in Haiti reporting back to us:

Displaced people gather in Petionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince. The Red Cross estimates the quake has affected approximately 3 million people - about one-third of Haiti's population.

A woman prepares a makeshift bed to spend the night in Port-au-Prince.

A building left in ruins in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

A woman being helped from the ruins.

People help a wounded man on Tuesday afternoon in Port-au-Prince.

A woman faints in the arms of a medic on Tuesday.

Natural disasters affect us all, and we should all lend a hand to those in need. After all "I am my brother's keeper".

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