Digital News Report – Rescue workers from all over the United States are on their way to Haiti with medicine, equipment and water (see videos below). These workers must bring everything they need because power is still out throughout most of the city of Port-au-Prince.
The American Red Cross reports that 3 million people may have been affected by the 7.0 earthquake which struck late Tuesday afternoon. Tens of thousands are believed to be dead.
There is still time to save the lives of people buried in the rubble. One aid worker who was buried in a concrete building was rescued earlier Wednesday. Tonight rescue workers are working in the dark to find survivors.
Makeshift clinics are being set up around the city. Most of the serious injuries involved the head and crushed limbs. Wednesday night the American Red Cross is waiting for more supplies.
The first US planes have already landed but the streets are still crowded with civilians and getting from point A to point B takes time. The BBC reports that Russia, China and the European states (EU) are also sending aid.
There are at least two hospitals still in good condition, according to the charity group Doctors Without Borders. They report that their doctors will begin treating about 500 people who need emergency surgery.
The American Red Cross pledges initial $1 Million to Haiti relief. Some Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams were already working on medical projects Haiti. They have already treated between 300 and 350 people, mainly for trauma injuries and fractures.
By: Jason Chang