In the early evening of January 12th, an earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale struck the tiny Caribbean nation of Haiti. The epicenter of the quake was about 10 miles south of Port-Au-Prince, the country’s densely populated capital, and the damage was disastrous.
The U.N. headquarters and the Presidential Palace became piles of rubble, with persons buried underneath them, in addition to businesses, hospitals, schools, and homes. Some buildings are still standing, but it is feared that they could come crumbling down at any time. An estimated 200,000 people are dead, thousands more are injured and countless more are still missing. Aftershocks continue to rock the capital. Countries from all over the world have sent rescue and medical personnel to the aid of Haitians and others who live there – from babies to the elderly. Medical professionals worry that many of the injured will not be able to survive their wounds, due to the risk of infection and disease, and lack of antibiotics and other badly needed medicines. The arrival and distribution of medical supplies, water and food, has been slowed down due to the lack of sufficient landing space, as there is only a single-runway airport.
The United States plans to have around 16,000 troops in Haiti by the end of this week. Heavy construction equipment will be used to clear pathways for transportation of food, water, clothing, and medicines to reach the people who so desperately need it. There are more than 2 million persons who have been left homeless.
Texas America Safety Company the parent company for www.blog4safety.com has donated respirators, gloves, and disposable clothing for use in the relief effort through FEED THE CHILDREN. We encourage everyone to join us in giving to a reputable charity. All donations will help these folks survive until they are able to rebuild their lives and their country. Pray for the homeless, injured, those who have lost loved ones, and for the wonderful volunteers who are working so hard to help them.