If you haven't heard by now, a massive 7.0 earthquake bombarded the streets of Port au Prince, Haiti on Tuesday. The damage has been devastating, leveling buildings to the point of covering the entire city in a blanket of concrete dust, and is estimated to have effected over 3 million people with government officials guessing at over
100,000 deaths. This number has increased to an estimated 150,000 deaths, with U.N. authorities still guessing at potentially over 200,000 lost souls.
The people of Port au Prince are in panic and living in the streets, for fear of aftershocks bringing down their already structurally weakened homes. Many of them are missing family members and friends potentially buried under fallen buildings. I've been watching some of the videos that correspondents have taken on the ground and it's heart breaking. The destruction is immense and graphic, bodies literally lined in the streets, and the people there need help. They have very little water and medical supplies are about depleted.
An excerpt from CNN:
To help in the relief effort:
Thousands of injured people waited for care outside badly damaged hospitals, while an unknown number remained trapped inside collapsed buildings. Basic services like water and electricity were out, and Haitian President Rene Preval said his government needs help clearing streets so rescuers can reach some of the hardest-hit areas.
"We need medicine. We need medical help in general," Preval told CNN. "Some of the hospitals, they collapsed."
People were digging though the rubble of leveled buildings with their hands Wednesday, looking for survivors or bodies, CNN's Anderson Cooper reported from Port-au-Prince. Other CNN correspondents in Port-au-Prince and its suburbs reported whole blocks of collapsed buildings, with dozens of bodies piled in the streets."
-Go to Impact Your World - Special Reports from CNN.com
for more information on what's happened (and what's happening) in the country. There are also links to many charities where you can place a donation.
-You can quickly and easily place a $10 donation to Red Cross by texting the word, "Haiti" to 90999.
You'll receive a confirmation text message and the $10 will later be charged to your phone bill.
-Text "YELE" to 501501 to donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund.
I realize this has nothing to do with the Wii, but I feel strongly enough about the situation after the images I've been viewing to post this. I know for many of us, the US and abroad, that financially these aren't the best of times, but if there's anything you can do to help, please do so.
1-18-10: Tonight on Larry King Live a donation rally was organized for the relief effort in Haiti, featuring various celebrities supporting this extraordinary effort with Unicef and the American Red Cross Organization. Within the first 30 minutes of broadcasting $700,000 was donated between both relief organizations. With donations pouring in, the figure nearly doubled every half hour. The show finished out it's 2-hour run having generated over $5,000,000 in donations for the tragedy-stricken nation, showing the immense outpouring of support for these impoverished people.
Donations from CNN's Larry King Live: