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Haiti 7.2 magnitude earthquake

Thousands are in need of support in Haiti in the wake of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, the 14th of August 2021.

The earthquake has tragically killed almost 2,000 people and injured countless others. Thousands of homes and buildings, including medical facilities, churches, and schools have been destroyed. Now, as the country deals with this latest disaster, they face a further threat of flooding and landslides as a result of Tropical Storm Grace.

Action Against Hunger has been working in Haiti since 1985 and they’ve reached hundreds of thousand of people through their nutrition and health programmes.

They will prioritise: 

  • access to clean water and safe sanitation to prevent disease outbreaks
  • shelter for families who have lost their homes as a result of the earthquake
  • nutrition, hygiene, and other supplies
  • mental health support

Donate now to Action Against Hunger's Emergency Fund and help people facing the aftermath of disasters like the earthquake in Haiti. 

Statement on the humanitarian work of the RNLI in the English Channel

The following is a statement from RNLI Chief Executive Mark Dowie:

‘I could not be prouder of our amazing volunteer lifeboat crews, who launch to the aid of anyone who is in trouble in or around the water and needs our help. We have done this since the RNLI was founded in 1824 and this will always be our ethos.

‘Every year, our lifeboat crews and lifeguards rescue around 30,000 people. We do not judge a casualty on what circumstances have found them in trouble. Our crews are tasked by HM Coastguard in the UK and the Irish Coast Guard in Ireland to rescue anyone who is at risk of drowning. They go home after a shout secure in the knowledge that without their help, the person they rescued may not have been able to be reunited with their own family. That is why they do what they do.

‘These same principles apply to our lifesaving work in the Channel. We do not judge those we rescue – where we believe there is a risk to life at sea, we will always launch in response to a call from HM Coastguard. We want to be absolutely clear that we are incredibly proud of the work our volunteer lifeboat crews do to rescue vulnerable people in distress.

‘When our lifeboats launch, we operate under International Maritime Law, which states we are permitted and indeed obligated to enter all waters regardless of territories for search and rescue purposes. And when it comes to rescuing those people attempting to cross the Channel, we do not question why they got into trouble, who they are or where they come from. All we need to know is that they need our help.

‘Our crews do what they do because they believe that anyone can drown, but no one should. They believe in and remain focused on our core purpose, along with every member of the RNLI, to save lives at sea.’

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