The Caribbean island Haiti suffered the largest earthquake in 200 years.
In what can only be described as a devastating catastrophe event causing hundreds of buildings to fall. The death toll has not yet been confirmed but the UN believe the figure could currently be as high as 500,000.
The earthquake hit on Tuesday just before 5pm (local time) and measured 7.0 on the Richter scale with its epicentre being within 10 miles of the centre of Port-au-Prince (capital) where approx 3 million people reside.
President Rene Preval said ‘Parliament has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed.’
Haitian born artist Wyclef Jean is leading in drumming up support for the people of Haiti.
As a founder and ambassador of Yele Haiti Foundation which promotes development and improvement of the country he is now in Haiti helping on at ground level. He said “I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse…We must act now.”
Wyclef has gained support from other celebrities including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. They said “We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter.” Not just lip service they have also donated $1 million to Doctors without Borders to assist those that need help in Haiti.
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China, France, Spain, Germany, The US, Canada and other countries around the world are supporting by providing aid, supplies and resources to help Haiti.
Speaking at a press conference in Downing Street, PM Gordon Brown has committed £6.1 million of aid and urged the public to support an appeal by DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee)
He said “It is a tragedy beyond imagination and there is a deep sense of loss felt by the whole of the British and Irish people about the tragedy that individual families in Haiti are experiencing at the moment. We send our message of sympathy and support to the people of Haiti at this most difficult of times.
“Where men, women and children are suffering under the heaviest of burdens, that place must, for that moment, become the centre of our world’s attention, the world’s compassion and the world’s humanitarian help.”
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