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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Saving lives in the aftermath of massive earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

“Worse than a war zone”… this is how one survivor of the killer earthquake that struck Haiti this week describes the capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas in the aftermath of a massive earthquake that brought the capital city crashing down on top of it citizens.

HOPE International Development Agency is responding immediately by ensuring survivors receive urgently needed supplies of food, medicine, water, and temporary shelter.

The coming days, while less shocking than the moment the earthquake struck, will be no less devastating as more bodies are found and a lack of essentials, like food, water, medicine, and shelter, create a crisis that could end up being just as deadly as the earthquake.

Haiti’s Prime Minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, states that the death toll could exceed well over 100,000 people as more bodies are discovered in the coming days - crushed underneath thousands of collapsed buildings, homes and tons of rubble that has turned Port-au-Prince into one massive disaster zone.

The magnitude of the destruction is frightening and the death toll disheartening. Some of the city’s largest buildings could not withstand the earthquake and now lie in ruin, including Parliament, hospitals, and schools. Thousands of homes vanished, along with residents, in an instant.

We need to respond right now or it will be too late for many of the survivors as life’s essentials - food, water, shelter, and medicines - become even more scarce.

See how HOPE International Development Agency is responding to the crisis and give today.

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