Haitian American Caucus trying to aid in relief efforts after 7.2-magnitude earthquakes shakes island
Relief efforts are still underway in Haiti after a massive earthquake shook the island this weekend--impacting over a million people and leaving many without food, shelter or water.
The Haitian American Caucus is trying to aid in relief efforts. “It's very much still an active search-and-rescue operation. There are still people that you can hear under the rubble that are still waiting to be rescued,” said executive director Samuel Darguin.
The 7.2-magnitude earthquake killed more than 1,400 people and left entire homes and buildings destroyed. Thousands of people on the island are still in need of help.
Darguin is the head of the Haitian American Caucus, which has its main headquarters in Brooklyn.
Darguin says he currently lives in Haiti and has been aiding in disaster relief efforts since the earthquake shook the island on Saturday.
The earthquake is just the latest challenge for the country, which was still recovering from a massive earthquake back in 2010, that killed hundreds of thousands of people.
Tropical Storm Grace also hit the island on Monday, further impacting access to shelter and other basic services.
Darguin is hopeful that Haiti will come out of this disaster stronger than ever. He says more help is on the way as he is coordinating with the Caucus’s Brooklyn staff to further aid in relief efforts for Haiti.