Haitians Pile Bodies in the Streets
Thousands expected lost, including archbishop and UN official
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2010 6:27 AM CST
Updated Jan 13, 2010 9:39 AM CST
Women wait on the floor at an emergency clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti yesterday.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital today after a powerful earthquake yesterday destroyed most of Port-au-Prince, reducing to rubble schools, shacks, the National Palace and the UN peacekeeping headquarters alike. Untold numbers were still trapped. It seemed clear that the death toll from the magnitude-7.0 quake would run into the thousands. Among them was the Roman Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince and the head of the UN peacekeeping mission.

A third of Haiti's 9 million people may need emergency aid, a Red Cross spokesman said, adding that it will take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge. The UN said the capital's main airport was "fully operational" and that relief flights would begin today. Aftershocks continued to rattle the capital of 2 million as stunned people wandered the streets holding hands, and thousands gathered in public squares to sing hymns.

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