Pray For Haiti After Another Devastating Earthquake
Already battling the tragic repercussions of Hurricane Matthew, Haiti has been dealt the blow of yet another natural disaster. Saturday, October 6th, around 8 pm, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 shook the island. The death toll has reached 12 and is still rising, with estimates of nearly 200 people injured. Early assessments of homes and infrastructure are concerning, but the actual amount of damage inflicted on the island is still unknown.
This occurrence is the strongest seismic event Haiti has seen since the 7.1 magnitude earthquake of 2010. More than 250,000 people were killed in that event, mainly because it struck near the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Overpopulation in those cities contributed to a catastrophic death toll.
According to the U.S Geological Survey, this earthquake was centered 12 miles northwest of Port-de-Paix, on the northern Atlantic coast of the island. The communities in these areas are far more rural, with banana exportation as their primary source of economy. Many structures and homes there are constructed with mud bricks and recycled materials. Needless to say, these makeshift buildings were no match for the seismic tremors. Heavy downpours unleashed chaos and panic in the streets as people searched for their loved ones. Some scrambled to collect scrap metal and resources from the rubble in hopes of rebuilding their shelters.
Then, an aftershock with a 5.2 magnitude occurred the following day, making search and rescue efforts even more dangerous. Emergency teams were already deployed in vulnerable regions, where there are many mountains and few paved roads. Accessing and navigating these areas has been treacherous, making it extremely challenging to providing relief and assistance.
Many hospitals and schools have been damaged as well. Volunteers and healthcare providers are struggling to provide care for all of those in need. Initial numbers estimate that 30,000 require humanitarian assistance. Already understaffed and underfunded, Haiti’s healthcare system was not prepared for the catastrophe that struck. Power outages, lack of supplies, and unpredictable weather make the fight to recover even more difficult.
Please join all of us at The Brian Young Foundation in prayer during this tragic, trying time. We pray for the people of Haiti on their journey to recovery. We ask that our Lord protect Haiti, an impoverished nation more vulnerable to these natural catastrophes. We ask that he places strength in the hearts of those providing care for those affected. May they mobilize their resources appropriately and safely. Amen.
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