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13 January 2010 :: 08:01:32 am 6434

Thousands Feared Dead in Haiti Earthquake

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Haiti is feared to have caused major loss of life in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince.
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Haiti’s envoy to the US said it was a “catastrophe of major proportions”.

Buildings, including a hospital, are reported to have collapsed, with streets said to be blocked by rubble.

 The quake, which struck about 15km (10 miles) south-west of the capital, was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude.

The tremor hit at 1653 (2153 GMT), the US Geological Survey said.

A Reuters reporter in Port-au-Prince said he had seen “dozens of dead and injured people” in the rubble of fallen buildings.

 Karel Zelenka, a Catholic Relief Services representative in Port-au-Prince, told colleagues in the US “there must be thousands of people dead”.

The aid worker had managed to phone his colleagues before communication links to the country failed.

 The BBC’s Nick Davies in neighbouring Jamaica says the ground apparently shook for more than a minute in Haiti.

Local people, he said, were using anything they could get their hands on – including farm equipment – to help release those trapped in the quake.

Our correspondent adds that, as the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti is likely to need international aid in order to cope with the quake’s impact.

 ‘Three million affected’

US President Barack Obama said in a statement that his “thoughts and prayers” were with the people of Haiti and America stood ready to assist them. 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8455629.stm

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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