Haiti Struggles in Aftermath of Quake

Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times/MCT

Eric Hass and Craig Dathe

On Jan. 12, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince.  Twenty-six aftershocks of magnitude 4.2 or greater have been recorded since the initial quake, the largest measuring in at 5.9 on Jan. 20.

The Haitan government confirmed over 170,000 casualties on  Jan. 28, and that number is expected to increase as time goes on.

Already the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, the quake has reduced supplies of food, water and electricity to dangerously low levels.

Assistance is arriving daily from international agencies, both governmental and nongovernmental, but these efforts are still insufficient to stem hunger and thirst and meet medical needs.

If you would like to help in the recovery, one of the easiest ways to do so is to text the message “Haiti” to any of these numbers: 90999 (Red Cross), 501501 (Yéle), 25383 (Internal Rescue Committee), 85944 (Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International).

Miramonte has also been offering ways to send aid to Haiti.  On Feb. 3  and 4 Leadership held a bargain mart benefitting the Red Cross.  Miramonte Basketball is running a  pledge drive that benefits Doctors Without Borders.  It asks community members to pledge money for each point that a player scores.