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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

destruction in haiti

The destruction in Haiti rages onward as the island nation was struck by a second earthquake this morning that hit 6.1 on the richter scale.

Shaking buildings and a crowd of people flee into the streets in a panic when the quake struck. Survivors still coping with the aftermath of last weeks quake that shook the island nation registering at 7.0 and killing over 200,000 people. Many people are still buried and fighting for their lives.

Prime Minister Jean-Max said the government is sending a plane and an overland team to check on the situation in Petit-Goave, the centre of this morning's aftershock as many people are still in need of help. The new quake struck 35 miles north-west of Port-au-Prince at a depth of 13.7 miles.

Images flash before many (not in Haiti) on the news daily. Children and People not affected in the quake, killed in the streets for looting as police try their best to keep the violence at a minimum and maintain control.

Fabienne Geismar, a 15 year old girl was not one of 4,500 prisoners to escape after the Haiti earthquake broke Port-au-Prince prison apart but was shot with a single bullet to the head. Her lifeless body lying atop of the stolen pictures she took.

1.5 million are homeless as many flee the island in search of shelter and food and water are still among the most important necessities needed for survival for remaining residents.

Governments and military forces have pledged both money and time, but excessive road closures and distructive zones have been making getting supplies to people near impossible.

PERSONAL NOTE: The destruction is almost unbearable to watch. I sit with my kids and husband watching it on the news, grateful we have our health and home. It's sad to see these people suffering who already lived in an impoverished way struggle. My heart aches for them. If you are Canadian and wish to give hope and hand. Please go to my blog post where links are posted. And let's all of us pray for the Haitian's strength and the ability to get through this time without further incident from happening.


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