Wyclef Jean Asks for Help in Haiti After Nation Is Rocked by Major Earthquake
Right before 5PM EST the Caribbean isle of Haiti was rocked by its biggest earthquake to date, measuring about 7.0 on the Richter scale. While no deaths have been reported at press time, a US Aid worker stationed in the capital city of Port-au-Prince told CNN that a "blanket of dust completely covered the city for about 10 minutes." Initial reports out of the country say a hospital collapsed as well as other buildings. Raymond Joseph, the U.S Ambassador to the country, called it "a catastrophe of major proportions" and a high death toll is expected. While more will be known in the coming hours, former Fugee and Haitian native Wyclef Jean is already asking fans for help.
"Haiti just got hit with a major earthquake please call your family out there now," Clef wrote on Twitter this afternoon. Unfortunately, land lines and mobile services have been cut off in Port-au-Prince. An update from Clef an hour later shed more info on the severity of the situation, "Tsunami watch n haiti right now! People unite ... just been hit again with a 5 point 9 earthquake. Please pray." In total three quakes are reported to have hit the country.
As more information trickles out of Haiti throughout the evening and people begin the search through the rubble for loved ones, Wyclef is already urging fans to help with rebuilding and aid efforts via his Yele Haiti outreach charity. "Please text 'Yele' to 501501 to donate $5 to Yele Haiti," Wyclef tweeted. "Your money will help with relief efforts. They need our help ... please help if you can."