Wyclef Calls On Fans To Help Haiti After Earthquake
Rapper and activist Wyclef Jean is calling upon fans to donate money to help the battered island of Haiti, which was hit with the largest earthquake ever recorded on the island today (January 12).
Jean is asking his 1,290,000 followers to donate $5 dollars to his Yele Haiti non-profit organization, which will send aid to the nation.
"Please text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti," Wyclef Tweeted to his fans. "Your money will help with relief efforts. They need our help..please help if you can. A lot that have died so far from the earthquake n Haiti!"
Haiti was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake today, causing widespread damage to the tiny Caribbean country.
To make matters worse there were five aftershocks, including two that were 5.9 and 5 .2 on the Richter Scale in the past hour and more are expected.
Over 2 million people in the main city of Port au Prince have been affected by the impact as the epicenter was just 10 miles southwest from the densely populated capital.
Numerous homes have been destroyed, a major hospital has completely collapsed and according to the latest reports, the presidential palace also suffered extensive damage.
The last time an earthquake close to this magnitude to hit Haiti occurred in 1751.
A series of tropical storms ravaged Haiti from 2004-2008 and severely damaged the country's transportation infrastructure and agriculture industry, in addition to killing thousands.
Over 70% of the crops were destroyed in 2008 and 22,000 homes were destroyed in that incident, which the country was still recovering from.
“My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake,” President Barack Obama said in a statement. “We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti.”
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Hundreds are already feared dead and scientists expect massive casualties.