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Samaritan's Purse sends emergency aid to Haiti after devastating earthquake

Samaritan's Purse has sent emergency relief supplies to Haiti as the country reels from a massive earthquake.

Roughly 1,500 people have been confirmed dead since Saturday's quake, which measured 7.2-magnitude on the Richter scale. More than 6,900 have been injured in the natural disaster. 

Samaritan's Purse quickly mobilised its disaster response specialists and prepared resources for deployment.

On Sunday, the organisation sent a DC-8 cargo plane with 13 disaster response specialists and 31 tons of emergency relief supplies on board. The items included shelter material and two community water filtration units. According to the group, each unit is capable of providing clean water to 3,500 people each day. A medical team will also be deployed to provide basic medical care and begin health assessments. 

Rev Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, said: “This massive earthquake has devastated Haiti—it's left many families homeless and searching for their loved ones.

"We are responding to help meet needs in Jesus' Name. Please pray for Haiti and all those who are suffering.”

Rescue workers continue to try and locate survivors underneath the rubble but have been hampered by heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Grace. Homes, schools and religious buildings have been flattened, with one Cathedral in Jérémie suffering severe damage. 

The Cathedral had undergone extensive repairs after being badly damaged by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

 

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