Southern Haiti is reeling from a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Saturday morning. At this point, preliminary numbers indicate that the quake destroyed 13,694 homes and damaged another 13,785. The death toll is around 1,200 and is growing.
Our staff traveled to the affected area immediately after the earthquake to investigate needs. While media attention focuses on large towns, those in remote mountain areas are often forgotten. Our staff found significant devastation as they traveled into the mountains. In some areas, nearly all houses collapsed. “It seemed like everything had fallen,” reported a staff member. Almost all the homes that collapsed had people inside who perished in the earthquake. Our staff encountered one mother outside her destroyed home. Her six-year-old twin boys died when her house fell. Their bodies were still trapped under the rubble.
This morning, CAM staff members took two distribution trucks into mountainous areas affected by the earthquake. Their goal is to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the earthquake. They plan to distribute food, hygiene kits, Christian literature, and other aid. “There are people who won’t be eating for the next several days,” our staff reported.
We will continue to seek ways to help those in need. As always, our goal is to point the suffering to Jesus, encouraging them to seek Him in their time of distress.
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