Local group in Haiti for devastating earthquake

Posted by Carl Bohart - e-mail

(FOX19) - Every year, the Sharonville United Methodist Church leads a mission trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  This year was no different, and 11 people were caught in the middle of the region's devastating earthquake on Tuesday.

Members of the mission trip were able to get back to their families through e-mails, and despite the 7.0 magnitude earthquake, their entire group was unharmed.

They were the lucky ones.

The extent of destruction is far from clear, and estimating the number of casualties is nearly impossible at this point.

It was clear tens of thousands lost their homes and many perished in collapsed buildings that are dangerous even under normal conditions.

The United States and other nations are organizing aid efforts, alerting search teams and gathering supplies that will be badly needed in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country.

The international Red Cross and other aid groups also announced plans for major relief operations.

FOX19.com will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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