Updated 14th September 2021 —
We are shocked by the devastation visited upon the poor state of Haiti where a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck on August 14th followed by torrential rains. Tragically more than 2,200 lives were lost and 12,000 people injured as well as 50,000 homes destroyed. We give thanks for the many organisations and countries working to bring relief to those in need despite the chaos reigning throughout that land. Our hearts are lifted as we learn that 20 adults and 4 children are rescued eight days after the earthquake struck and offer our prayers in support of the Haitians. For further information go to www.worldvision.org
Update: [One month after the earthquake], the speed and efficiency of humanitarian relief operations continue to improve. However, as the Government and partners slowly transition to a recovery and reconstruction phase in many of the affected areas, coordinated efforts to get humanitarian assistance to those most in need continue to be hindered by a deteriorating security situation, restricted humanitarian access and limited communication with hard-to-reach communities, especially in rural areas which were most affected by the earthquake. The conclusive report from the Haitian Civil Protection General Directorate (DGPC) found that rural areas have been much harder hit than urban centres. […] Despite coordinated efforts by humanitarian partners, many families in the most remote hard-to-reach villages have not received assistance, due in part to persistent access and at times security challenges, as many remote areas are only accessible by motorcycle, on foot, by air or sea.
Holy One, you are our comfort and strength
in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.
We commend to you all those suffering from natural disasters
Surround them now with your grace and peace
through storm or earthquake, fire or flood.
By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us all with the hope of your new creation;
through You, our rock and redeemer.
- Author unknown