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Rabu, 13 Januari 2010

Haiti earthquake: Number of dead could be more than 100,000 as bloodstained bodies pile up in the streets

People walk in front of the badly damaged presidential palace

Collapse: Much of the Haiti National Palace was destroyed in the massive earthquake

A section of the Haiti National Palace was destroyed in the massive earthquake

Standing proud: The palace before the earthquake

British Search and Rescue teams prepare to leave Gatwick airport to provide assistance to relief and rescue teams in Haiti

Search and rescue officials from the United States Agency for International Development board a plane from the U.S. to Haiti

UN staff leave the UN mission, known as Minustah, after the earthquake

An injured man is rescued by UN search and rescue officials

First aid: Residents carry an injured man through the streets of Port-au-Prince

Haitians pass a covered body as they take in the devastation in Port-au-Prince

A woman sobs as she takes in the devastation caused by the quake

Buildings were destroyed in the devastating quake. Here, a car is seen covered in rubble in downtown Haiti

Two injured children sit by the side of the road the day after the earthquake struck Haiti

Survivors: A boy and a woman wounded and covered in dust are unable to comprehend what has happened

Helpless: An injured child receives medical treatment in Port-au-Prince

Thousands of people are feared dead in Haiti after a massive 7.0 earthquake devastated one of the world’s poorest countries.
Bloodstained bodies lay strewn in the street of the capital, Port-au-Prince, as the full horror of the disaster began to emerge in the early hours of today.
Eyewitnesses said gravely injured Haitians were crying out from the rubble, pleading for doctors as night fell.
With the country in chaos and facing still more damage from a series of 30 aftershocks, their cries went mostly unheard.
One hotel collapse in Port-au-Prince is feared to have claimed the lives of more than 200 people.
The destruction is said to be staggering, even in an impoverished nation accustomed to tragedy and disaster.
The National Palace is in ruins, a major hospital crumbled and tens of thousands of people homeless.
The headquarters of the United Nations peacekeeping mission also collapsed and a large number of staff in the five-storey building are believed to have been killed.
Up to 250 people normally work at the UN headquarters and none had been rescued by late last night.
It was unclear how many people were in their offices when the earthquake hit but UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy described the disaster as 'catastrophic.'
With communications disrupted, it may be days before the full death toll is known. The pictures tell a harrowing story, some of the first to emerge appeared on the Twitter networking site.
The Red Cross estimated as many as three million people are likely to be affected. Thousands are feared dead.
Gordon Brown today confirmed Britain was sending aid and said he 'deeply saddened and worried' by the scale of the earthquake.'

Emergency aid: Two men help a woman freed from rubble in Haiti

A woman receives assistance in a collapsed building in Port-au-Prince

Close call: Survivors count their blessings after the quake struck

The earthquake epicentre was ten miles outside Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital

The US Geological Survey illustrates the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday

Death and suffering: Early images out of Port-au-Prince tell a harrowing story

Chaos: Residents sleep in the streets of Port-au-Prince which has been hit by more than 30 aftershocks

Shock: Stunned Haitians walk past damaged building in Port-au-Prince in the aftermath of the quake

Desperate: Two women crouch in the rubble hours after the earthquake ripped through Haiti

The earthquake caused widespread destruction including the collapse of major roads

Haitians carry an injured person from the rubble after a major earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter Scale hit the poor Caribbean nation

A house begins to crumble in the earthquake which has also destroyed government buildings in the capital

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