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Usain sympathises with Haitians

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2010 | 12:00 AM


Double Olympic and world-record holder Usain Bolt has expressed sympathy towards the people of Haiti, following the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc in that country on Tuesday evening.

There has been mass destruction in the troubled country, and many are feared dead, in what is the largest tremor to rock the Caribbean in the last 200 years.

"I would like to add my own word of sympathy for the people of Haiti, who just suffered a catastrophe of an earthquake," said Bolt in a release yesterday.

Caribbean unity

"Any loss of life is devastating and I am concerned for the reported loss that is facing my Caribbean neighbours at this time. This is a time when Caribbean unity is necessary and I am sure the people of the region will rally to support our regional family."

He added: "For those who have not begun to do so, I implore all persons who are able to lend support to our neighbours," the release said.

"Although I have never been to Haiti, the news has been sad and I hope that the recovery process and the necessary help required will be speedy.

"May God bless the people in Haiti," Bolt added. "One love."