[Guest post by DRJ]
The reports following yesterday’s earthquake in Haiti show a nation in chaos with an unknown number of dead:
“Dazed survivors wandered past dead bodies in rubble-strewn streets Wednesday, crying for loved ones, and rescuers desperately searched collapsed buildings as fear rose that the death toll from Haiti’s devastating earthquake could reach into the tens of thousands.”
Even Haiti’s President has been left homeless but his immediate concern is that more people will be left hurt, homeless, or sick:
“Speaking from the streets of Port-au-Prince, a visibly shaken Haitian President René Préval told reporters Wednesday afternoon “it’s too early” to guess at the number of earthquake casualties in his country.
Asked what he now considered the biggest risk to his country, Préval said: “that the buildings will continue to collapse . . . and for an epidemic.”
While an unknown number of people remain trapped in the rubble, there are growing fears regarding lawlessness and street violence:
“As darkness fell Wednesday, Mario Anderson, Haitian national chief of police, grew concerned. He said many officers had been injured and maintaining security in the chaos may become a challenge: “We have many prisoners who are on the streets – it’s about 1,000; some have been in prison a long time.”
The number of homeless wandering the streets is growing, too, he said. “The situation is bad,” he told CNN.”
The International Red Cross estimates at least a third of Haiti’s nine million people will need aid.
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