Help arrives in Haiti after earthquake and the death toll is high in Haiti. Help began to arrive last night in Haiti and planes from around the world are arriving in Haiti today to aid in rescue efforts. Planes full of supplies and people to aid in rescue efforts are arriving in Haiti this morning from China, Brazil, Israel and the US, according to a Good Morning America live report. The LDS Church has a plane leaving Salt Lake City this morning with aid for Haiti, according to ABC 4.
Tuesday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit 10 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital at 4:53 pm. The damage has been devastating to the entire country. Many people have lost their homes and have nowhere to go. People who still have standing homes do not want to go inside for fear that aftershocks will destroy them and the home. So people have been wandering the streets. The video below shows what is happening at a local hospital in Haiti…the video is alarming.
Haiti has 9 million people and is a mostly desperately poor country, and in 2008 the mayor of Port-au-Prince stated that about 60% of the buildings there were built poorly and were unsafe in normal circumstances. An estimated 45,000 Americans are said to be in Haiti.
The death toll currently unknown because many bodies have still not be found, but it is estimated to up to 100,000. Many bodies have been found, but are currently being put into piles, until aid arrives.
The Salt Lake City based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has responded and said that no missionaries from the US are in Haiti, but that an immediate relief project will provide aid. In Haiti, the Caribbean Area Presidency of the LDS Church will also provide immediate relief. To donate to the LDS Church aid for Haiti, go to LDS.org.
To donate to rescue efforts in Haiti, click here for more information.
To see a slideshow of photos of the damage from the Haiti earthquake, click here.
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