Even just distributing relief goods is now a big problem because of chaos. One relief group leader said that just getting into Haiti is a main problem.
‘Because of public health concerns, Haitian officials have buried at least 20,000 dead in mass graves with no effort to identify victims.’ –WSJ
Guy Raz 0f NPR has a very interesting interview with the head of IMA World Health Rick Santos who among others were trapped 50 hours in the rubble of his hotel. –see NPR
‘Haiti’s prime minister says several hundred thousand could have perished in yesterday’s earthquake. “I hope that is not true, because I hope the people had the time to get out,” Jean-Max Bellerive tells CNN. He said it was difficult to discern where the masses crowding the streets had lived before the disaster. “But so many, so many buildings, so many neighborhoods totally destroyed, and some neighborhoods we don’t even see people.”
‘The survivors are taking the aftermath “with maturity,” Bellerive continues. People are trying to help each other on the streets.” Elsewhere, Sen. Youri Latortue tells the AP that the toll could rise as high as half a million people. The Red Cross estimates 3 million people, or a third of the population, were affected by the quake.’ –CNN
Here’s what the evangelist Robertson say about it. I attached it because I haven’t heard evangelism hype for a long time:
‘Pat Robertson says Haiti’s got itself to blame for the earthquake because of a “pact to the devil” it made long ago. “They were under the heel of the French … and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French.'” The devil delivered, and Haitians have been “cursed” ever since, says Robertson. “True story.”
‘The reverend, who famously blamed liberals and gays in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, sees an upside to Haiti’s current misery, notes the Daily News. Islanders “need to have a great turning to God, and out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come.” –NY Daily News