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January 13, 2010
Worse than a war zone, Haiti begins to recover

It’s been described as worse than a war zone. Haiti tries to recover from its most powerful earthquake in more than two centuries. It may be days, perhaps weeks, before the full extent of the death and destruction in Haiti is known. What is known tonight is that the earthquake that struck late yesterday has taken an enormous toll.

It appears that tens of thousands — perhaps hundreds of thousands — have been killed. Thousands more remain missing.

The quake, with a magnitude of 7, flattened thousands of buildings, including the presidential palace, hospitals, schools and the country’s main prison.

But, despite the sweep of the devastation, the airport in Port Au Prince, the capital, is open for relief flights.

Millions of dollars in aid have already been pledged by the international community. Many countries are sending rescue workers, doctors and medics, water purification equipment and rescue dogs.

UNICEF spokesperson Patrick McCormick speaks with Daljit Dhaliwal about relief efforts in Haiti.

For tips on giving, see this Consumer Reports article.

The AP reports that to donate $10 to the American Red Cross, text Haiti to 90999, and to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s Haitian Yele charity, text 501501.

Charity Navigator offers this list, along with its rankings of charities active in the area.

For more Worldfocus coverage of Haiti, visit our extended coverage page: Haiti’s Poor.

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