Volume 47, Number 10 - January 19, 2010

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Haiti, how you can help

By Rebeka Silva

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Haiti is dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 that struck 10 miles southwest of port-au-Prince at 4:53 p.m. on Tuesday; it’s worst earthquake in more than 200 years.

Haitian President René Préval told Miami Herald reporters Wednesday afternoon ``it's too early'' to guess at the number of earthquake casualties.

Préval also said that the biggest risk he now fears is that the remaining buildings still standing will collapse in the aftershocks. There have been 30 after shocks so far.

According to the Herald, many the people, who were left with partial parts of their home, are finding it more comfort to sleep in the streets for fear of aftershocks.

The Red Cross sent a plane on Jan. 14 loaded mainly with body bags, and are estimating that three million people will require aid.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, told the Associate Press that the United States is offering full assistance and President Barack Obama said search-and-rescue teams from Florida, California and Virginia were on their way to Haiti and that USAID would be coordinating a broad-based effort to take food, water and emergency supplies to the nation.

``We have to be there for them in their hour of need,'' he said.

As of now aid officials are trying to clear rubble from the roads and remove bodies.

When the Herald asked Haitian Sen. Joseph Lambert about the prospect of Haiti rebuilding, Lambert said: ``It's our country. We have no other choice. It's a catastrophe, but we have no other choice but to rebuild.''

The College will collect cash donations and checks. Checks should be made payable to Miami Dade College and should include "Haiti" in the memo line. If you prefer to pay by credti card, please visit the bursar's office. The bursar's office will also accept checks. First-aid supplies will be collected in student life, Room 4208, and will be sent to Haiti.

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