Wyclef Jean Haiti Earthquake

January 13, 2010 by USA Post 

Wyclef Jean Haiti Earthquake:Wyclef Jean is asking friends and fans to pray for the people of his native Haiti after the island was hit by deadly earthquake on Tuesday. The magnitude 7.0 quake slammed into the impoverished Caribbean island, toppling buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince, burying residents in rubble and causing many deaths and injuries. Reports suggest the triple quake caused the collapse of buildings, including a hospital, which tumbled into a ravine.

Death tolls are expected to reach into the thousands. The former Fugees star is requesting assistance for survivors of the quake that struck near the capital yesterday afternoon.

“Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced,” Wyclef began in a release this evening. “The magnitude 7.0 earthquake — and several very strong aftershocks — struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince. I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonigh face catastrophe alone. We must act now,” the “Gone ‘Til November” rapper continued.

“President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands ‘ready to assist’ the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.”

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Those who would like to help with the Quake Relief Efforts, may donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund by texting “Yele” to 501501 (the amount will be charged to the person’s cell phone bill) or or can visit and click “Donate.”

Other celebrities took to their Twitter accounts, urging their followers to help.

- “Yele haiti now for the disaster. Please do all that you can. Please,” Lindsay Lohan Tweeted early Wednesday morning. “Anyone that may be listening’s attentionCall 1884074747 State Dept for Haitian Relief….Please help them… I know I will as much as I can.”

- “Places where we stood weeks ago are now rubble. I’m gutted. Please keep spreading the word. Thank you to those who are donating! You are saving lives by the minute,” Olivia Wilde Tweeted.

- “Hold the ppl of Haiti/surrounding islands in your heart and prayers tonight,” actress Taraji P. Henson implored to fans.

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