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January 12th, 2009
Now I can Blog about something really important after having to deal with that earlier time-waster.
Earthquakes never bothered me before. The house would rock and roll and everyone would call everyone to find out if they felt it. Kind of exciting really. There was always damage somewhere in Costa Rica, and occasionally, someone would be seriously hurt or die, but for some reason, I was detached from it. Not any more.
Latest stats look better than they are and do not tell the whole story:
Most recent death count: 14 (way down from earlier but I am not at all sure we have the final number)
Missing and presumed dead: 23
These sound like low numbers… until you read this:
Shelters set up: 21 housing 2,238 people
Affected: 128,135 people in 61 communities of Alajuela and Heredia.
128,135 people out of a population of only 4 million people. A bit over 3%. If these figures were translated to equal numbers reflecting the US population of about 305 million people, that number would be almost 10 million people! Does that get your attention or what?
Then, there are the news broadcasts. Mothers and fathers weeping. Children unable to cope. Homes destroyed. Families suffering.
One man this morning talking about how he must start again, but has no idea how to do that as the bank will not forgive his mortgage. Of course they won’t. Tears rolling down his cheeks.
People need help.
YOU can help those affected by the earthquake, by donating stuff to the Cruz Roja Costa Rica.
Needed are non-perishable food, canned milk, bottled water and toiletries.
Banco Nacional de Costa Rica has set up accounts: 100100-7 (colones) and 68666-7 (U.S. dollars) to receive monetary donations.
The Costa Rican people need your support. I mean really.Filed under Costa Rica, Earthquakes, Life in Costa Rica | Comments (3)