If you haven’t heard by now about the devastation in Haiti, you’ve either been hiding under a rock or just don’t pay very much attention to what goes on in the world. Images of death and destruction have been circulating all over the internet, news, and all other media outlets showing us the damage caused by yesterday’s earthquake. The quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale is being called the worst earthquake to hit the island since 1770.
President Obama pledged Wednesday that the U.S. government would lead “a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives” in Haiti after that country’s powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Obama said U.S. relief efforts would be coordinated by the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Dr. Raj Shah. He urged Americans trying to locate family members in Haiti to contact the State Department at phone number 888-407-4747. “The reports and images that we’ve seen of collapsed hospitals, crumbled homes and men and women carrying their injured neighbors through the streets are truly heart-wrenching,” the president said at the White House. “For a country and a people who are no strangers to hardship and suffering, this tragedy seems especially cruel and incomprehensible.”
Carlos Barria/Reuters A resident carried an injured person on Wednesday in Port-au-Prince. By SIMON ROMERO and MARC LACEY Published: January 13, 2010 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The wailing of survivors pierced the air in pockets of this devastated city on Wednesday as people dug desperately through the rubble of collapsed buildings and piled bodies of the dead on roadsides under white sheets. Huge swaths of the … Continue reading Haiti Chief Says Thousands May Be Dead