‘Some we’re still waiting to hear from’: CT organizations, communities offering help after deadly Haiti earthquake


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Organizations and communities here in Connecticut are coming out to offer supplies and support following the deadly earthquake in Haiti on Saturday.

U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake at 7.2-magnitude, slightly stronger than the 2010 Port-au-Prince earthquake that devastated the country. The death toll of Saturday’s earthquake climbed sharply to above 700 Sunday morning. Search and rescue teams are being sent to the area and emergency responses are underway. Early reports indicate major destruction in Jeremie and Les Cayes.

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Here in Connecticut people are doing what they can to help those in this time of great need.

Nine tons of intravenous fluids from Stamford-based relief organization AmeriCares are headed to earthquake-damaged Les Cayes.

Americares reports their relief workers in Haiti and the United States are preparing additional shipments of supplies to treat the injured with antibiotics, wound care supplies, and general medical supplies.

Donations to Americares Haiti 2021 Earthquake Relief Fund will support its response to the crisis. To make a donation, go to www.americares.org/HaitiEarthquakeFund.

Others in the state are doing what they can to help loved ones in Haiti. Some are holding drives and collecting supplies they can: clothing, shoes, medical supplies.

News 8 spoke with one Hartford woman who has family in Haiti. She described what it’s been like this last day.

Francoise Deristel-Leger explained, “It’s been uncertainty, it’s been chaos. It’s been a lot of fear, anxieties are high…People don’t know what’s going to happen the next day because there’s a tropical storm coming. A lot of folks slept outside of the home because of fear of the structures collapsing.”

She went on to say she was able to get in touch with some of her family members, but “some we’re still waiting to hear from.”

Deristel-Leger goes back and forth to the island as a montisory teacher. She explained, “I consult with the teachers, with the administrators, and we talk about how to improve instruction. We bring materials to them to donate as well. So that’s what we’ve been doing.”

She says it’s heartbreaking to watch what’s unfolded and what more could come. With Tropical Depression Grace there’s the potential for heavy rain, flooding, and landslides.

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