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Offline Angara-_Samuel

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Haiti In Danger!
« on: January 13, 2010, 09:45:42 PM »
Haiti Earthquake

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I am shocked from what happened and it is a very urgent news to us all.
God be with them


This is part of the news.


A 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Haiti is feared to have caused major loss of life in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince.
 Haiti's envoy to the US said it was a "catastrophe of major proportions".
 Buildings, including a hospital, are said to have collapsed, and rescue efforts are under way.
 The quake, which struck about 15km (10 miles) south-west of the capital, was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude.
 The tremor hit at 1653 (2153 GMT), the US Geological Survey said. Phone lines to the country failed shortly afterwards.
 A Reuters reporter in Port-au-Prince said he had seen "dozens of dead and injured people" in the rubble of fallen buildings.
 
Karel Zelenka, a Catholic Relief Services representative in Port-au-Prince, told colleagues in the US "there must be thousands of people dead".
 The aid worker had managed to phone his colleagues before communication links went down.
 The BBC's Nick Davies in neighbouring Jamaica says the ground apparently shook for more than a minute in Haiti.
 Local people, he said, were using anything they could get their hands on - including farm equipment - to help release those trapped in the quake.
 Our correspondent adds that, as the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti is likely to need international aid in order to cope with the quake's impact.
 'Three million affected'
 US President Barack Obama said in a statement that his "thoughts and prayers" were with the people of Haiti and America stood ready to assist them.
 
they were having trouble contacting their mission in Haiti to get a clear picture of the aftermath
We are trying to get in touch with our people on the ground but we are experiencing communication problems, which is not unusual in a disaster such as this," spokeswoman Stephanie Bunker told AFP news agency in New York.
 Raymond Joseph, Haiti's ambassador to the US, told CNN: "I think it is really a catastrophe of major proportions."
 He said he had just spoken to a government colleague in Port-au-Prince:
 "He had to stop his car just about half an hour ago, and take to the streets, start walking, but he said houses were crumbling on the right side of the street and the left side of the street.
 "He does not know whether he would reach his home, not knowing what he would find, because he had a bridge to cross to get there."
Mike Blanpied of the US Geological Survey said that, based on the location and size of the quake, about three million people will have been severely shaken by its impact.
 "This quake occurred under land as opposed to off-shore, so a lot of people were directly exposed to the shaking coming off that earthquake fault, which was quite shallow," he told the BBC.
 He added that as the quake had occurred near a highly populated urban area, the aftershocks could cause additional damage to already shaken buildings.
 'Rubble and wire'
 An Associated Press cameraman saw the wrecked hospital in Petionville, a hilly suburb of the capital, and Henry Bahn, a visiting official from the US Department of Agriculture, said he had seen houses which had tumbled into a ravine.
 "Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Mr Bahn, who described the sky as "just grey with dust".
 He said he had been walking to his hotel room when the ground began to shake.
 "I just held on and bounced across the wall," he said.  "I just hear a tremendous amount of noise and shouting and screaming in the distance."
 BBC News website readers in the Dominican Republic, which borders Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, said they had also felt the quake.
 He said rocks were strewn all over the place, and the ravine where several homes had fallen in was "just full of collapsed walls and rubble and barbed wire".
 BBC News website readers in the Dominican Republic, which borders Haiti on the island of Hispaniola, said they had also felt the quake.
 "My family is on the 8th floor of a tower in downtown Santo Domingo," wrote Max Levine.
 "We felt a swaying of the building for 5-10 seconds. All the lamps were swinging. There was a 20-second pause and then another similar sway. We rushed out of the building with many others to the street."
 In the immediate aftermath of the quake, a tsunami watch was put out for Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas, but this was later lifted


Guys don't forget to supplicate for them  we will be with you guys.


Angara Samuel

From Haiti.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2010, 12:10:43 PM by Mike »

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Re: Haiti In Danger!
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2010, 12:35:38 PM »
Yes God be with the people of Haiti.

Haiti has had so much hard luck with poverty and natural disasters lately.  It is the poorest country in the western hemisphere.  You would think we could help that country like we helped to rebuild the economies of Germany and Europe with the Marshal Plan after world war two.  If we helped Germany rebuild their economy then surely to God we could help a small country like Haiti.  Large North American companies like Microsoft, Norton and Dell have been moving a large amount of jobs to India and China, meanwhile a fraction of those jobs could have gone towards rebuilding the economy of Haiti right here in North America.

Mike

PS Angara thanks for your post but I had to delete your Arabic links from within your post and in your signature file.  This is an English language only forum.       

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Re: Haiti In Danger!
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 11:02:31 AM »
I agree with you 100% Mike. It is so sad that so many are being helped in other countries but close to home there is so much suffering too that is being ignored.

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Re: Haiti In Danger!
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 01:52:14 PM »
Yeah it doesn't make sense, does it Barb?

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Re: Haiti In Danger!
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010, 07:33:50 AM »
I along with the world have been watching this tragedy unfold. It is a disaster equal to none other. What we have seen and heard so far has been unbelievable, devasting. The number of lives lost and the damage leaving nothing but heaps of debris. I feel the worst is yet to come. So many  more will never be found, they will always be loss. The hearts of many will never have knowledge of their loved ones. I pray for them and for the speedy action of recovery workers to find as many as is possible.

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Re: Haiti In Danger!
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010, 12:26:22 PM »
Yeah you know Barb something just doesn't seem right with this 'recovery' in Haiti.  The news reports are showing huge planes and ships bringing in tons of food, water and medical supplies but Haitians within less than a half a mile of the airport have yet to receive any food or water, six days after the earthquake.  They say 60,000 meals are being handed out per day but that's not good enough when it is effecting more than a million people.  I watched a news report this morning that showed a make shift outdoor hospital started by a Haitian doctor that because of the lack of medical help she requested some Haitians and French colleagues fly from France to aid her.  They are there now but not part of any government relief program.  One reporter asked why there is not water and food being handed out in every street corner of Port-au-Prince.  I was kind of surprised when I heard that the first relief group to get to Haiti was from China.  Somethings not right here, possibly too much emphasis given to the busine$$ of charity or something like that.