International aide groups throughout New England have workers in Haiti where the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck yesterday. Some officials estimate the death toll to be over 100,000. WNPR's Tucker Ives reports on one group that is offering healthcare to victims of the disaster.
The Massachusetts-based Saint Boniface Haiti Foundation runs a hospital in the town of Fond des Blancs, southwest of the quake's epicenter. Hospitals throughout Port-au-Prince have collapsed but speaking on WNPR's Where We Live, St. Boniface Director of Development Paul Fanning says his hospital is still up and running.
"The expectation is there will be an influx of people. We're about 65 miles out of the city of Port-au-Prince, which ends up being, believe it or not, because of the infrastructure and road conditions, three and a half to four hour drive on a good day. Now I believe, part of Route 2, which is the main road out to the south is devastated to some degree.",
But, Fanning says, that will not deter residents from seeking the help they need.
“Believe it or not, they will make it. Haitian people are a strong, tough people, if it takes them a day or two or longer, believe me, they will make it out there. They’re a very resilient group of people.”
Two Connecticut residents were in Haiti when the earthquake struck.
Jillian Thorpe and Charles Deech were trapped under the rubble in Port-au-Prince. Both work for the Haitian ministries of the Norwich Diocese. They were pulled safely from the rubble without any major injuries.
For WNPR, I'm Tucker Ives.