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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Between 100,000 - 500,000 Feared Dead in Haiti; Aid Worker: "Most Horrific Thing I've Ever Seen" - Video 1/13/10

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Here is video of a Salvation Army aid worker talking with MSNBC about the "absolute chaos and pandemonium" he is seeing in Haiti in the wake of the Earthquake yesterday. During the interview, the man broke down and cried saying, "it is the most horrific thing I have ever seen."

Meanwhile, the first estimates of the death toll are coming out. Haitian officials have estimated between 100,000-500,000 people may have perished, although they admit they have no way of knowing:
Haitians are piling bodies along the devastated streets of their capital after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace and the main prison, the cathedral, hospitals, schools and thousands of homes. Untold numbers are still trapped.

President Rene Preval says he believes thousands of people are dead even as other officials give much higher estimates—though they were based on the extent of the destruction rather than firm counts of the dead.

His prime minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, tells CNN: "I believe we are well over 100,000," while leading senator Youri Latortue tells The Associated Press that 500,000 could be dead. Both admit they have no way of knowing.

The magnitude-7 quake struck Tuesday afternoon. . . . MORE

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