Haiti Earthquake Death Toll Reaches 2,000; World Mission Reports Local Leaders Stepping Up as Gangs Declare Truce to Allow Aid to Pass

Photo courtesy of World Concern on Facebook.

The death toll from last weekend’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Haiti has reached 2,000. Millions more have lost access to drinking water, shelter, or food.

Maggie Konstanski with World Concern says, “It’s a mix of both urban and rural areas that were hit. Landslides blocked access to certain places. And there’s been significant damage to buildings and infrastructure, such as roads and water systems.”

Disaster relief

After the 2010 earthquake, which killed 200,000 Haitians, aid to the country was badly mismanaged. Most funds did not reach Haitians at all and certainly did little to benefit rural infrastructure.

But Konstanki says this time local leaders have stepped up. “While there is quite a bit of instability and uncertainty still, we are encouraged by some of what we’re seeing from those local authorities in the regions where we work. Gang violence continues to be unpredictable. Gratefully, the gangs have declared a truce for the time being to allow aid to be transported from Port-au-Prince to these areas that were affected. We are very grateful for that, and we hope the truce will hold.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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