Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Devastating Earthquake hits Haiti's Capital

My heart goes out to these if they don't already have enough problems over there...

Bodies lined the streets of Port-au-Prince Wednesday as Haitians frantically searched for survivors in the rubble of their devastated capital city - rocked by the worst earthquake in the country in 200 years.

Thousands of buildings, from the National Palace and UN peacekeeping headquarters to humble stick-and-mud shanties, were destroyed by the 7.0-magnitude quake, which struck Haiti late Tuesday afternoon with virtually no warning.

Women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares long after nightfall, singing hymns.

People pulled bodies from collapsed homes, covering them with sheets by the side of the road. Passersby lifted the sheets looking for relatives and friends.

The death toll, impossible to tally amid the chaos and destruction, could reach many thousands, officials said. Tens of thousands of people were left homeless.

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