.- Catholic Relief Services Haiti country representative Karel Zelenka is calling the recent earthquake in Haiti a âdisaster of the centuryâ in a message to the organization's Baltimore headquarters on Jan 13.
âPeople have been screaming and praying all over the place throughout the night. It is a disaster of the century, we should be prepared for thousands and thousands of dead and injured,â said Zelenka.
Most people, said Zelenka, are âin a shock.â
Zelenka continued to say that all of the CRS staff in Haiti are accounted for, except for two. However, they are having a âterrible problem with communications â only incoming callsâ as well as the possibility of soon running out of supplies, including food and water.
Zelenka also told CRS that there are âno organized rescues yet â all done with bare handsâ and that the damage is âincredible all around, but our offices seem fine.â
CRS Senior Communications director Tom Price told CNA that their facilities in Haiti were âshaken, and one of the walls was damaged, but there were no injuries to people in the building.â Price confirmed that the two missing staff members have yet to be found.
When asked what CRS is planning to do in response to the crisis, Price told CNA, âwe have committed an initial 5 million dollars for immediate use in relief efforts. Our agency is geared up for a major emergency responseâ which will include âmobilizing food and emergency capacity of people and deploying emergency shelter and hygiene kits that we already had in Haitiâ with supplies coming in from the neighboring Dominican Republic.
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