WATERTOWN, Mass. (Combined Sources) — The international community is reaching out to aid the survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Port-au-Prince, which was the epicenter of the earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale last week, was practically leveled. Estimates so far suggest a death toll of 200,000.
The United States, France, Germany, as well as the United Nations are all helping the survivors.
The US expects to transition “very soon” from searching for survivors to recovering bodies, a top US military commander said on Tuesday.
The International Red Cross estimated that about three million people were affected by the quake, and Haitian authorities believe that up to 200,000 could be dead, exceeding earlier Red Cross estimates of 45,000–50,000 people killed.
The United Nations reported that the headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), located in the capital, had collapsed and that many UN personnel were unaccounted for. The Mission’s Chief, Hédi Annabi, was confirmed dead on January 13 by President René Préval, although officially unaccounted for.
Hopes were dimming that survivors could be found under the rubble nearly a week after the devastating trembler.