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Description: A 7.0-magnitude earthquake cripples Haitiâ€™s capital,
Port-au-Prince, leaving numerous people dead and injured.
injured Haitians pleaded for help Wednesday after the strongest
earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years
crushed thousands of structures, from humble shacks to the National
Palace and the headquarters of U.N. peacekeepers.
communications made it impossible to tell the extent of destruction
from Tuesday afternoons 7.0-magnitude tremor, or to estimate the
number of dead lying among the collapsed buildings in Haitis capital
of about 2 million people. Among the missing was the head of the
U.N. peacekeeping mission.
International Red Cross spokesman
Paul Conneally said an estimated 3 million people may have been
affected by the quake and that it would take a day or two for a
clear picture of the damage to emerge. Clouds of dust thrown up by
falling buildings choked Port-au-Prince for hours.
Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses, congregation elders work tirelessly to
make contact with all members of the congregation to ensure that
they are safe or can get to a safe place. Also, the elders check to
be sure that each one has lifeâ€™s necessities, such as clean
drinking water, food, clothing, and essential medication. Meanwhile,
Witness families in safe areas open their homes to fellow Witnesses
among the evacuees. Such love truly is â€œa perfect bond of
communication to Haiti remains problematic at this time, preliminary
reports are starting to be received at the Witnessesâ€™ world
headquarters in Brooklyn. The branch office of Jehovahâ€™s
Witnesses in Haiti at Santo, near Port-au-Prince, reports no
injuries among their personnel and no major structural damage to
their buildings. Additionally, communication was established with
Witness missionaries, and no injuries are reported among the
missionaries or the traveling elders among Jehovahâ€™s
Witnesses who were visiting congregations in the affected areas.
Sadly, preliminary reports confirm that 58 Witnesses lost their
lives in the earthquake; that number is expected to rise as more
reports are received.
Witnesses around the world are offering
their assistance. The Witnessesâ€™ relief efforts are currently
being coordinated from their world headquarters in Brooklyn with the
assistance of the branch office in the Dominican Republic, providing
practical help and spiritual comfort for the victims. More detailed
information will be provided as it becomes
Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses have been actively
promoting Bible education in Haiti for over 80 years.