2010 Haiti Earthquake

By now, most have heard that Haiti was struck by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010.  It was absolutely devastating to wake up to the news of that horrific disaster.  It was an unbelievable turn for the worse for an already impoverished country.  Below are the latest figures regarding the destruction in Haiti (courtesy of CNN.com):


150,000: Latest estimate of the death toll, from the Haitian Health Ministry. The European Union and the Pan American Health Organization, which is coordinating the health-sector response, have estimated the quake killed 200,000 people.
194,000: Number of injured
134: Estimated number of people rescued by international search teams since the quake


9 million: Population of Haiti
3 million: Estimated number of people affected by the quake
1.5 million: Homeless people living on streets, including the thousands who lived in slums or makeshift homes prior to the quake
235,000: People who have left Port-au-Prince using free transportation provided by the government. The number who left by private means is undetermined.
At least 50: Aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or higher that have hit Haiti since the January 12 quake


300,000: Children younger than 2 who need nutritional support
90: Percentage of schools in Port-au-Prince that have been destroyed
497: Haitian orphans who have been evacuated


$1.12 billion: International aid pledges
$783 million: Funds received as of Tuesday
$317 million: U.S. assistance as of Monday


17,000: U.S. military personnel in and around Haiti
8 million: Meals the World Food Programme has delivered to nearly 400,000 people
300: Aid distribution sites that are up and running
130 to 150: Flights arriving every day at the single-runway Port-au-Prince airport with aid


12,000: U.N. workers in the country at the time of the quake
53: U.N. workers still missing
At least 82: U.N. workers confirmed dead
27: U.N. workers injured or hospitalized
11,500: Americans and family members who have been evacuated
4,800: Americans unaccounted for
60: Americans confirmed dead

I am sure many of you, like myself, want to help Haiti in anyway possible.  Below are a few links to which you can donate to the Haiti relief:

American Red Cross:  redcross.org, 1-800-RED-CROSS.  Or text "HAITI" to 90999 to make a $10 contribution

UNICEF:  unicefusa.org, 1-800-4UNICEF

Habitat for Humanity:  habitat.org, 1-800-422-4828

Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund:  Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have united to raise funds for the Salvation Army, Mercy Corps, Red Cross, U.N. World Food Programme, and Partners in Health and InterAction.  clintonbushhaitifund.org.  Or text "QUAKE" to 20222 to donate $10

Remember that every penny donated is helping, so please do what you can to help a country in dire need.


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