Haiti Earthquake Death Toll Nearly 1,300 As Thousands More Displaced, Injured “We Only Have Jesus Now”


As the nation of Haiti is stranded in chaos following a devastating 7.2 earthquake Saturday that has a reported death toll of nearly 1,300, some of those who lost everything are looking to Christ.

“We only have Jesus now,” 58-year-old Johanne Dorcely, whose house was destroyed, told CBN News. “If it wasn’t for Jesus, I wouldn’t be able to be here today.”

On Sunday, crews were still sifting through the rubble in search of survivors or those who did not survive.

However, as tropical storm “Grace” approaches the island, the thousands of displaced Haitians fear they’ll have nowhere to go.

Even without a tropical storm on the horizon, the country was already struggling to serve those affected.

The nation was rocked last month by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in his home, and many of the critical supply routes needed to transport supplies and crews are controlled by gangs.

The nation is already the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, so in the midst of chaos and approaching disaster, resources are stretched very thin.

Reuters reported that in one city, doctors were treating patients who were spread out on stretchers under trees and along the side of the road.

The agency reported some 5,700 have been wounded.

“The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble,” Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who declared a state of emergency following the disaster, said. “We have learned that the local hospitals, in particular that of Les Cayes, are overwhelmed with wounded, fractured people.”

Humanitarian and evangelist Franklin Graham posted on Saturday after the quake that his organization, Samaritan’s Purse, was airlifting an emergency response team and supplies to the area.

Pray for the people of Haiti. At least 227 people were killed after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck there today—with…

Posted by Franklin Graham on Saturday, August 14, 2021

On Sunday, Pope Francis offered his prayers and wishes that “the solidarity of all” would “alleviate the consequences of the tragedy!”

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