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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

100,000+ feared dead in Haiti after 7.0 quake

An estimated 3 million Haitians have been affected by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that has "flattened" the island nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, according to Haiti's Consul General to the United Nations Felix Augustin.

"More than 100,000 are dead," Augustin told reporters on Wednesday.
Haiti's prime minister fears that several hundred thousand people are dead after the worst quake to hit the region in 200 years.
Victims are in desperate need for food, water, shelter and medicine, especially since Haiti’s infrastructure is already very modest and has now been brought to its knees by the quake.
Islamic Relief USA has launched a $1 million appeal, and is working with partners on a massive aid shipment to be sent to Haiti in the coming days.
Read more on Islamic Relief's response here.


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