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Posted by Derren Brown News January 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm

As you will all have heard there is terrible devastation in Haiti caused by a massive earthquake devastating Port-au-Prince, killing tens of thousands and injuring more. This was a large tremor centred on an impoverished country with little recent experience or preparedness for such an event.

The buildings in the quake zones of major industrialised nations sit on damping systems that allow them to ride out tremors that not only shake them back and forth but also twist them in the same movement.

Relief has been arriving, but little has moved beyond the jammed airport. Damage to the seaport, roads and other infrastructure has prevented the speedy distribution of food, water and medical supplies. People are desperate for food.

Oxfam are running a donation scheme that can be reached here you can help with any size donation through Paypal. It can be as much or as little as you like – even just £1.

Items sourced from BBC News and Oxfam

January 16, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I donated towards the Tsunami and I shall, of course, donate towards this as well. Seeing images of this on the news & in the papers makes us realise how lucky we are. My heart goes out to everyone in Haiti.

LC x

January 16, 2010 at 1:58 pm
Cat says:

Hi Derren,

Sci-fi fans have been raising money for Unicef’s relief effort for 48 hours and have raised over $12,500. Their target is to reach $15,000. If you could put this link on your Twitter, I know it’d be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much!

Cat (UK)

January 16, 2010 at 1:59 pm
roz says:

fyi, ebay is setting up a haiti earthquake relief site where you can buy, sell or just donate. they’ve already raised $100k+.

January 16, 2010 at 3:52 pm
kodabar says:

I’m not sure why this is such an issue. We didn’t help out during the decades of oppression and government corruption that left the country so poor. We didn’t help when they were cutting down 98% of their forestation leading to mudslides and floods that have killed thousands. I don’t even remember hearing about relief efforts when Tropical storm Jeanne hit and killed thousands more. More than 80% of their population live in poverty and I don’t hear anything about what’s being done to alleviate that.

So I’m not sure why an earthquake there is deserving of media attention. Crikey, I even saw that there were attempts to cancel some of their national debt. It wasn’t enough that they were poor before, apparently it takes tens of thousands of deaths for us to even pay the slightest notice to them.

January 16, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Diane Brown says:

I will donate towards this for sure. Such a tragedy for these people and i agree with @LadyClaire it does put your own life into perspective………. 🙁

January 16, 2010 at 7:32 pm
Joyce says:

Having family from Haiti who are here visiting when the earthquake hit. I want to thank everyone here who are doing something to help.