Last Updated: 8/14, 11:30am ET
We are currently assessing the damage from the reported 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck southwestern Haiti around 8:29am this morning, and the two smaller earthquakes that struck at 8:49am and 9:14am. Immediately after the first earthquake struck, Hope for Haiti’s Country Director, Linda Thélémaque initiated our emergency phone tree to ensure the safety of all 62 Haitian staff members. We are still working to reach everyone on our team.
The devastating effects of the earthquake and coastal flooding have been felt throughout our impact area around Les Cayes and the southern (SUD) department. There are reports of fatalities, injuries, and significant damage to homes and healthcare facilities from our team and network of healthcare partners.
Thank you to all of you who have reached out to us with concern for our team and partners. We will continue to monitor the situation and respond as soon as it becomes safe to do so. We have a stockpile of emergency kits prepositioned and ready to distribute to vulnerable individuals and families. Given our over three decades of experience in emergency preparedness and response, we are well-positioned and uniquely qualified to use our best available resources to help make a difference.
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Miami Herald Features Hope for Haiti in Earthquake Coverage
Hope for Haiti CEO Skyler Badenoch was quoted in the Miami Herald’s media coverage of the earthquake. The article also features photographs and video taken on the ground by Hope for Haiti staff members and partners. You can read the full article here.