With 70,000 bodies officially recovered after last Tuesday's earthquake, World Vision says the total death toll likely will be well over 100,000. Meanwhile, aid and relief organizations have raised more than $220 million to help. World Vision, one of the world's largest Christian ministries, has raised $31 million to provide food, medical aid, and shelter. Christianity Today online editor Sarah Pulliam Bailey spoke by phone with World Vision media relations manager Laura Blank, who is in Port-au-Prince.
What is it like there?
Many of the people we're going to in these distributions in the last 32-48 hours have said they have no food or water or very little since the earthquake, and we're almost a week out. As you drive around the city you see total devastation.
That's been very hard on our staff, because they are not immune from the disaster. The disaster affected the rich and the poor, uptown, downtown, and many of them have lost their homes or suffered injuries or family members are lost or injured in the quake.
We not only do emergency relief, we also do development, so we've already been here in Port-au-Prince. Throughout Haiti, we have several hundred staff members. We already have the infrastructure in place, we know the local community and government, and our staff speaks the language.
We had some medical supplies pre-positioned before the hurricane season, so we started providing hospitals with supplies and then we began providing clothing, hygiene kits, blankets, water containers, tents, food, and water.
It sounds like you were somewhat prepared.
We had a small amount of supplies: enough to help about 1,500 people. But obviously the scale of this disaster is massive. Three million ...1