MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Following the devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake that killed practically 2,000 folks and a tropical storm that created torrential rainfall, 1000’s of individuals in Haiti stay in determined want of assist.
One of many a number of dozens of organizations instantly providing their help after the disaster is AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) based mostly in Los Angeles.
Thursday morning, they boarded up a aircraft on the Miami-Opa Locka Govt Airport with provides to be rushed over to medical places of work, hospitals, and healthcare employees in Haiti so first responders can save as many individuals over there as potential.
“When the earthquake occurred, our SOS alarms went off inside 10 minutes,” says Michael Kahane of the AIDS Healthcare Basis.
“That is the primary of a number of flights going to Haiti,” explains Kahane. “The main target of this flight is to get the life-saving supplies into the fingers of docs, the hospitals, and the primary responders.”
1000’s of water purification kits will land in Haiti. Over there, they’ve a employees of about 300 who’re stationed in southern elements of the nation — probably the most impacted space from the earthquake.
“A lot of the hospitals in Haiti are with out energy,” he says. “These turbines are being rushed over to get issues turned again on so lots of of injured folks might be handled.”
“Of our 300 employees, sadly, 25 misplaced their houses, and a few have been significantly injured,” he stated. “And, clearly our prayers are with them, however our group is prepared for this to reach.”
The provides in in the present day’s aircraft are funded straight from AHF. Over the subsequent few weeks, the muse plans to fly even bigger planes with donated items.
As soon as on the bottom, navy helicopters will fly the provides from Port-au-Prince to completely different elements of the nation.
“There’s at all times a problem with disasters in Haiti with an excessive amount of ending up in Port-au-Prince and never attending to the place it must go” he says. “That’s why we partnered with the U.S. Military to ensure we get to impacted areas as quickly as potential.”
One other flight is predicted on Saturday, with much more coming inside the subsequent couple of weeks.
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