Haiti Earthquake Response

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19th August 2021

By Naomi Kitchen

On the morning of Saturday 14th August an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck Haiti. It had a depth of seven miles and was felt as far away as Jamaica, 300 miles away. Several aftershocks have also been felt in the region, including one measuring 5.8 magnitude.

 

The impact was so devastating that there have been over 2,200 confirmed fatalities and over 12,00 people injured; with thousands more displaced as over 52,000 have been destroyed.

 

Naomi Verneus, a 34-year-old resident of the capital Port-au-Prince, told the Associated Press news agency "I woke up and didn't have time to put my shoes on. We lived [through] the 2010 earthquake and all I could do was run."

 

For those affected the devastation has left them.with nothing, so we are pleased we have been able to support the aid response in Haiti by recently donated 8,244 pairs of children's shoes. These shoes will be distributed to the children affected via our partner Sal's Shoes. Last week the shoes left their HQ destined for little feet in need.

 

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A woman stands in front of a destroyed home in the aftermath of an earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 14. (AP Photo/Duples Plymouth) ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

Haiti is still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2010 which killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy. The earthquake comes amid a political crisis in the country, following the assassination of its president Jovenel Moïse last month. Ariel Henry, Haiti's new prime minister has declared a state of emergency for one month as the country assesses the damage from the disaster and sends teams to the area for search and rescue missions.

 

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