Thursday, January 21, 2010

Haiti Hit with aftershocks early Wednesday

Haitians running when aftershocks started

I was shocked to hear that Port Au Prince, the capital city of Haiti were further rocked by a 5.9 Richter scaled aftershock early Wednesday, after the original 7.3 shock 8 days ago.The latest shakes created fear of further destruction and casualties to the already grief stricken country.

It was mentioned that more building structures that had already been weakened in the original earthquake had collapsed and it is feared that any survivors that might be still alive under the rubble of the original quake would be in danger. Nurses in hospitals in the capital mentioned that patients had started to ask for forgiveness and prayed hard when the aftershocks started.

The Haitian Government had confirmed that the death toll is now at 72,000 and is estimated that this number would rise to almost 200,000 people. Search, rescue and recovery efforts are still being carried out throughout Port Au Prince. This is evident in the recovery of a few people from under the rubbles after 5 or 6 days.

Regarding to the help and supplies intended to the people, supplies are starting to get to them. However, bottlenecks and mismanagement of aids and supplies have hindered the efforts to get these supplies to the hands of Haitians.

Volunteers at the Red Cross packing supplies and aid for the Haitian Earthquake victims

Fellow bloggers and Malaysians that want to contribute to the Malaysian Haiti Fund can do so through these channels:

Maybank Account 
Account Number: 5621-7950-4126 (ABA Swift Code: MBBEMYKLA)


CIMB Account
Account Number: 1424-000-6561053 (ABA Swift Code: CIBBMYKL)

For more information, please contact:

G.Anuradha, Sr Officer Fundraising & Events, MERCY Malaysia,
Shuhada Rosdi, Communications Officer, MERCY Malaysia,
Louise Orton, Head of Communications, Merlin,

MERCY Malaysia,
Level 2, Podium Block, City Point, Kompleks Dayabumi, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, 50050 KL.
T: 6-03-2273 3999, F: 6-03-2272 3812, W:

(Information above were taken from MERCY MALAYSIA website

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