Haiti remains an absolute disaster zone after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the poor island nation Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of thousands may be dead, says a leading Haitian Senator, and lines of communication remain sketchy. Numerous buildings have collapsed and bodies of the victims are lining the streets.
The presidential palace collapsed, though the Haitian President is safe, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop died in the quake. Adding to the crisis is the loss of what little medical infrastructure Haiti had, which raises fears of typhoid and cholera outbreaks among the survivors. Some estimates say that nearly a third of Haiti’s 9 million residents need immediate emergency care, and the USS Carl Vinson (my wife’s former ship, by the way), is due to arrive off the coast of Haiti tomorrow.
Our current domestic concerns truly pale in comparison to the horror existing in the Caribbean tonight. Donate to the Red Cross here and Doctors Without Borders here, and keep the people of Haiti in your thoughts for the next few days.
Oh, and Pat Robertson? You’re a douchebag.