Reports: Cache women OK following Haiti quake

At least two Cache Valley women were in Haiti for a 10-day humanitarian mission Tuesday when a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the island nation. Carol Smith of Nibley reportedly was in the city of Bon Repos, which is near the capital of Port-au-Prince, working in an orphanage,

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KSL reporters had a chance to speak with Smith via satellite phone on Wednesday. “Just, please, tell everybody to pray for us, and we can use anything,” Smith told KSL. Smith said she was OK at the orphanage she was serving, but noted that looting was beginning in the country. “Diesel jugs were stolen and rocks have broken … and it’s already, the vandalism-type stuff is taking over,” she told KSL. Mandi McBride of Mt. Sterling also reportedly was OK in the country. McBride’s brother in law, Sgt. Paul Todd with the Cache County Sheriff’s, said both McBride and Smith are trained in emergency medical services and have been working “non-stop employing those skills” to assist in the relief effort in the country.

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