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Haiti: Tweets from the Ground

Categories: Caribbean, Haiti, Disaster, Humanitarian Response

As the horror of the earthquake in Haiti reverberates around the world, a number of intrepid locals, foreign reporters, and aid workers are tweeting from on the ground.  Some are working to gather aid and funds, while others are simply trying to show the world what's happening in Haiti.  Still others are reporting on incidents in specific locations, in the hopes of assuaging the concerns of loved ones abroad (as of yet, very little information on those injured and dead has been released online).

Earlier today, many people on the ground were tweeting about the chaos in Haiti at present.  @fredodupoux said [1]:

fredodupoux is based in Haiti

fredodupoux is based in Haiti

@bhatiap noted [2] the lack of police presence:

bhatiap noted the lack of police presence

bhatiap noted the lack of police presence

Boston-based @PIH_org (Partners in Health) is actively looking for doctors [3], specifically orthopedic surgeons, to send to Haiti:

A Boston-based organization is seeking volunteer doctors

A Boston-based organization is seeking volunteer doctors

Some Twitter users are reporting on specific buildings, streets, and other practical information for those looking for families or attempting to move throughout the country.  @yatalley notes that the road from the capital, Port-au-Prince, to the town of Jacmel [4] is impassable:

Yael Talleyrand reports from Jacmel, Haiti

Yael Talleyrand reports from Jacmel, Haiti

@RAMHaiti noted the widespread destruction of places of worship.  Reporting on a specific Port au Prince church, he said [5]:

Richard Morse is tweeting from Port au Prince

Richard Morse is tweeting from Port au Prince

@fredodupoux ventured into the district of Delmas [6] outside of Port au Prince, an area which received the brunt of the damage.  He tweeted [7]:

Frederic Dupoux noted massive destruction in Delmas, Haiti

Frederic Dupoux noted massive destruction in Delmas, Haiti

As tweets keep pouring in, there are a number of ways to keep track.  @georgiap has created a list of Twitter users [8] on the ground in Haiti.  I have a separate list [9] which also contains aid organizations and reporters on the ground.  And keep checking GV's Haiti Special Coverage Page [10].