By David Klassen
After a devastating earthquake just weeks ago in Haiti, disaster has struck central Chile with an 8.8-magnitude earthquake — the strongest since the 1950’s. Over 140 fatalities have been reported so far, and more are expected as rescue crews work to sort through the rumble. Now parts of the pacific coast are under a tsunami warning, as residents in Hawaii evacuate and prepare to take cover.
Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean offered her condolences Saturday in a statement, saying, “There is a vital need for all of us to join forces again and ensure that solidarity overcomes such terrible adversity.”
Family and friends of Canadians in Chile can call the emergency operations centre in Ottawa to seek information on their loved ones at 1-800-387-3124 or (613) 943-1055.
The Manitoba government has already pledged $100,000 for relief efforts and community support from fellow Manitobans is steadily pouring in.
Numerous relief organizations are preparing to help Chileans. Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision both said today they are in the process of hurrying to assist those in need.