Within hours of the earthquake in Haiti, relief efforts were underway in the Diocese of Brooklyn and elsewhere to raise funds and provide emergency supplies to that hard-hit Caribbean nation.
Long Island’s Haitian American community is concerned about friends and relatives affected by the recent earthquake, and people want to help.
When Dr. Fonie Pierre looks around the streets of Les Cayes the word that comes to her mind is “desolation.”
The magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti collapsed the bishop’s residence in Les Cayes, killing one priest, leaving one missing and injuring Cardinal Chibly Langlois.
The president of the U.S. bishops conference expressed his “heartfelt prayers for the people of Haiti who are mourning the loss of loved ones and are suffering” after an earthquake hit the Caribbean nation early on Aug. 14.
Relief workers in Haiti said the Aug. 14 earthquake might not be as catastrophic as the 2010 quake that was closer to the capital, but recovery will be complicated because the quake came on the heels of July’s presidential assassination, of an economic and ongoing political crisis, the coronavirus pandemic and an active storm season now underway.
The island of Haiti was hit by a massive earthquake Saturday morning. “High casualties are probable and the disaster is likely widespread,” a notice on the U.S. Geological Survey website read.