FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written a letter of support to the Haitian football family in the wake of the terrible earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation earlier this week.
The earthquake, which measured 7 on the Richter Scale and had its epicentre just 15 kilometres outside the capital, Port-au-Prince, shook the country on Tuesday night. Virtually all the buildings in the capital were destroyed, among them the Presidential Palace, and it is not yet known how many people have been killed in the disaster.
“The information we have received speaks of immense devastation in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area, and as such it is impossible for us to know the extent to which the Haitian football family that you represent has been affected,” said Blatter in his letter to Yves Jean-Bart, the President of the Haitian Football Association.
Occupying an area of 27,250 km, Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Eighty per cent of its population of nearly nine million people live below the poverty threshold of two dollars a day. In 2008 part of the country’s infrastructures were destroyed by huge hurricanes that also caused hundreds of deaths.
“FIFA offers its wholehearted support to the people of Haiti at this painful time,” continued the President of world football’s governing body in his letter. “Our thoughts are with the many victims, the injured and their families.”