A major earthquake struck southern Haiti on Tuesday, knocking down buildings and power lines and inflicting what its ambassador to the United States called a catastrophe for the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.
Several eyewitnesses reported heavy damage and bodies in the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, where concrete-block homes line steep hillsides. There was no estimate of the dead and wounded Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department has been told to expect “serious loss of life,” department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.
“The only thing I can do now is pray and hope for the best,” the ambassador, Raymond Alcide Joseph, told CNN.
Pictures sent to CNN’s iReport show homes and small businesses inHaiti that have collapsed.
How to make donation for Haiti Earthquake
World Vision Haiti Earthquake Relief
Mail: P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716
American Red CrossOnline: http://www.redcrossstl.org
Telephone: Call 314-516-2782 or 314-516-2800
Text message: Text the word “HAITI” to 90999, and a $10 donation will be given to the Red Cross. The $10 donation will appear on your next mobile bill.
Mail: 10195 Corporate Square, St. Louis, MO 63132-2905
Food for the Poor Haiti Earthquake Relief
Mail: 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073
UNICEF Haiti Earthquake Relief
Mail: U.S. Fund for UNICEF, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038
Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti.
Text message: Text “Yele” to 501501 and $5 will be charged to your phone bill and go toward Hatian relief projects.
Mail: P.O. Box 2345, New York, NY 10108
Samaritan’s Purse Haiti Earthquake Relief
Mail: P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000
International Rescue Committee
Mail: P.O. Box 96651, Washington, DC 20090-6651
Mail: P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607
Catholic Relief Services
Mail: 228 W. Lexington, Baltimore, MD 21201-3413