Damage caused by Saturday’s earthquake (Credit: Baudelaire Martial CIFOR and © ACN)

On Monday (16th August), Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) announced a major emergency aid package in response to the devastating earthquake that struck the country on Saturday (14th August).

Haiti’s prime minister Ariel Henry declared a month-long state of emergency after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake wreaked havoc, toppling and damaging buildings in the towns of Les Cayes, Tigwav and Jeremie.

The natural disaster killed up to 1,300 people and injured more than 5,700, according to provisional information issued this morning by the Haitian Civil Protection Agency.

Dr Thomas Heine-Geldern, executive president of ACN (International), said: “The quake, the epicentre of which was some 100 miles from the capital, has mainly affected the south of the country, especially the dioceses of Les Cayes, Anse-á-Veau and Jeremie.

Dr Heine-Geldern added that Church partners in the country had been able to give accurate information about the situation on the ground.

He said: “We are relieved to be able to report that our project partners have denied certain rumours, such as the one reported in some media to the effect that the Bishop of Les Cayes, Cardinal Chibly Langlois, had been gravely wounded and buried under the rubble.
“The bishop’s house in Les Cayes has been totally destroyed, but the Cardinal himself was able to escape in time.”
“We plea to you to pray for the country, to pray for all those who have lost their loved ones, those who have been wounded and those who have lost everything.

“May Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Patroness and Protector of Haiti, bring them all support and consolation”.

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