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Earthquake Hits Haiti: Thousand feared dead
Posted 1/13/10 , edited 1/13/10
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. Officials feared thousands — perhaps more than 100,000 — may have perished but there was no firm count.

Death was everywhere in Port-au-Prince. Bodies of tiny children were piled next to schools. Corpses of women lay on the street with stunned expressions frozen on their faces as flies began to gather. Bodies of men were covered with plastic tarps or cotton sheets.

President Rene Preval said he believes thousands were killed in Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake, and the scope of the destruction prompted other officials to give even higher estimates. Leading Sen. Youri Latortue told The Associated Press that 500,000 could be dead, although he acknowledged that nobody really knows.

"Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed," Preval told the Miami Herald. "There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them."

Even the main prison in the capital fell down, "and there are reports of escaped inmates," U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs said in Geneva.

The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was missing and the Roman Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince was dead.

"The cathedral, the archbishop's office, all the big churches, the seminaries have been reduced to rubble," Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the apostolic envoy to Haiti, told the Vatican news agency FIDES.

The parking lot of the Hotel Villa Creole was a triage center. People sat with injuries and growing infections by the side of rubble-strewn roads, hoping that doctors and aid would come.

The international Red Cross said a third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge.

At first light Wednesday, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter evacuated four critically injured U.S. Embassy staff to the hospital on the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the military has been detaining suspected terrorists.

President Barack Obama promised an all-out rescue and humanitarian effort, adding that the U.S. commitment to its hemispheric neighbor will be unwavering.

"We have to be there for them in their hour of need," Obama said.

And there's more in the article:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cb_haiti_earthquake

I'm sure most of you have heard of this, but it's just in case others have missed the news or don't listen to radio. How do you feel about this tragic event? And what are you doing to help? Right now I think we all need to put in a little time for others and put away our selfishness, for I fear the world is making a turn for the worst. Right now, many nations are sending in aid to help these people and radio stations are making donations.

Also, if there're any Haitians on this website, it would be nice to hear from you as well.
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Posted 1/13/10
Damn.... Total chaos and anarchy.


The amount of people dead and in need of help probably exceeds Norway's total population. It's mind numbing how many people that are suffering there right now. So many key persons dead or missing too. Makes you almost wonder if it was only the earthquake.



Here's to hoping there won't be any "after-quakes" causing more trouble, and that things are restored relatively fast.
Posted 1/13/10
I was hoping no one would make a thread like this cause the news is really horrible -.- I felt terrible when I heard about it. my heart goes out to the ones who died.
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i kinda missed this and only found out about it like a few hours ago
i wish i can do something to help... but i dunno how >.<
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* IF YOU WANT TO HELP HAITI,FEEL FREE TO DONATE *
and here is the links...
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/oxfam_in_action/emergencies/haiti-earthquake.html?ito=3489&itc=0


(A massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean
island of Haiti on Tuesday 12 January. The extent of the devastation
is still unclear, but the early signs are not good with communications
down across the country.)








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Posted 1/13/10 , edited 1/13/10
It doesn't help that Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world... with the low building regulations, the earthquake plowed through everything.
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Haiti was already in a desperate situation before the earthquake and now it's chaos. I truly feel sorry for all of the victims. I'm going to see if I could donate food and water to a local charity.
Posted 1/13/10
Awful. Hope they get as much support as possible.
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So sad... that's all I can say ._.
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HackySackOOO wrote:

So sad... that's all I can say ._.


innit. this should be a wake up call me reckons
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Oh my , let everyone be safe and alive whoever was hit by this. talk about hitting a dog when its down.
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My prayers go out to them. I'm going to ask my parents if I can donate by text.
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My prayers go out to them. I'm going to ask my parents if I can donate by text.


Yes, that's exactly what I did.
It would be nice if people took the time to donate at least $5 to help.
Posted 1/13/10
hmmm i don't know what to say.. but yeah that's really bad
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This is just so sad.



sigh, I could only pray for them.
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