Associated Press reports:
Dazed survivors wandered past dead bodies in rubble-strewn streets Wednesday, crying for loved ones, and rescuers searched collapsed buildings as officials feared the death toll from Haiti’s devastating earthquake could reach into the tens of thousands.
The first cargo planes with food, water, medical supplies, shelter andsniffer dogs headed to the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation a day after the magnitude-7 quake flattened much of the capital of 2 million people.
Tuesday’s earthquake brought down buildings great and small — from shacks in shantytowns to President Rene Preval’s gleaming whiteNational Palace, where a dome tilted ominously above the manicured grounds.
Hospitals, schools and the main prison collapsed. The capital’s Roman Catholic archbishop was killed when his office and the main cathedral fell. The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was missing in the ruins of the organization’s multistory headquarters.
Unfortunately, Haiti is one of the poorest nations on the planet which makes the rescue efforts even more challenging. If you want to make a donation to help out in Haiti, go to www.Yele.org. Wyclef Jean – R&B singer from Haiti – said on his Twitter page that 100% of the profits will go towards the Haiti earthquake relief:
*UPDATE* – January 14, 2010
Check out the Haiti earthquake caught on tape: