Yesterday, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and itâ€™s estimated that up to three million people have been affected. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has joined other government and non-governmental agencies to mobilize resources and staff to the disaster. ICRCâ€™s head of delegation in Haiti, Riccardo Conti issued the following statement:
“Our ability to help depends largely on the situation in Port-au-Prince,” Mr. Conti continued. “It is extremely difficult to move around the city to assess needs. What is certain is that the quake has had a massive impact on a population already reeling from other recent disasters.”
The ICRC is working with other local and regional Red Cross groups to provide medical aid for survivors and support for efforts to recover and identify the dead. Donations for the Haiti Earthquake relief effort can be made at the ICRC website.