City officials pledge aid to victims of Haiti quake

Community residents and city officials are planning to send relief supplies to Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake that inflicted a massive loss

BROOKLYN - Community residents and city officials are planning to send relief supplies to Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake that inflicted a massive loss of life.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the capital, Port-Au-Prince, shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. More than 3 million people are estimated to have been affected by the quake, according to the Red Cross.

Families in Brooklyn nervously waited to hear news from their loved ones in Haiti, but many were unable to contact them. President Barack Obama has committed to aiding Haiti in its recovery efforts.

Felix Augustin, the Haitian Consulate general, says the organization plans to send two cargo planes with supplies, doctors and volunteers to the area.

A vigil was held Wednesday night for victims of the quake. Anyone seeking information about loved ones can call the State Department at 1-888-407-4747.

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