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US Report Questions Haiti Death Toll

True count may be 250K less than Haitian estimate

(Newser) - The number of people killed or made homeless by the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti last year is well below the Haitian government's figures, according to a report commissioned by the US government. The researchers estimate that between 46,000 and 85,000 people were killed in the quake,... More »

One Thing Back on Track in Haiti: Mourning

Along with dead, Haitians mourn loss of knowledge, culture, competency

(Newser) - As the shock over the inconceivable 230,000 lost in the Haitian earthquake begins to subside, survivors have begun to shift to mourning individuals—from teachers to tax collectors, schoolchildren to elderly priests, brothers to sons. As the New York Times reports, the police chief whose daughters died on the... More »

Haiti: Death Toll Tops 150K

But UN places number at 111K

(Newser) - The confirmed death toll from Haiti's devastating earthquake has topped 150,000 in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area alone, the communications minister said today, with many more thousands dead around the country or still buried under the rubble. Communications minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said the figure is based on a body... More »

Haiti Rescue Effort Ends, Death Toll Hits 111K

132 were pulled alive from rubble; focus turns to survivors

(Newser) - The Haitian government has called an end to the search for survivors of the January 12 earthquake, with 111,481 confirmed dead, according to the latest UN stats. Search teams managed to rescue 132 people in the aftermath of the 7.0 quake, which left 609,000 homeless. Flights arriving... More »

Haiti: a Never-Ending Flow of Bodies

Mass graves consuming 10K dead a day

(Newser) - The Republican Senate victory in Massachusetts seems to have knocked Haiti out of the news headlines, but the tragedy remains devastatingly real. Just ask St. Juste, a 36-year-old bus driver. He wakes up early each day to forage for food and water for his daughter. "I wake up for... More »

6.1 Quake Shakes Haiti, 72K Bodies Buried

Frightened survivors flow into the streets

(Newser) - A strong 6.1 aftershock rolled through Haiti at 6:03am today, says the US Geological Survey, a mere 35 miles from Port-au-Prince. The quake struck at a depth of 13.7 miles, but was thought to be too far inland for any risk of tidal waves. AP reporters on... More »

As Time Wanes for Haiti Rescue, Aid Efforts Improve

Ban Ki-moon promises more help from the UN

(Newser) - With time running out for any survivors of last week's earthquake, international search and rescue teams intensified their efforts in Haiti. Three people were rescued yesterday—including a 7-year-old girl who survived for days in a collapsed supermarket—bringing the total number of those pulled alive from the rubble to... More »

As Aid Starts to Flow, Chaos Descends in Haiti

Fractured gov't among the homeless, as officials scramble to better coordinate

(Newser) - Aid began flowing in earnest to pockets of survivors in Haiti today, but violence and looting broke out among those not yet reached as desperation set in—leaving Haiti's devastated government in a chaotic scramble to better distribute supplies. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the country's own president is... More »

Toll Could Hit 200K, Says Haitian Official

Chaos continues in Port-au-Prince, but relief is trickling in

(Newser) - Relief workers in Haiti have collected tens of thousands of bodies so far, with no end in sight. "We anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number," the interior minister tells Reuters . If the high... More »

Docs Warn of Looming Public Health Crisis

Infection, thirst, hunger, heat threaten earthquake survivors

(Newser) - The death toll from the Haiti earthquake, which currently stands at 50,000, is certain to rise as the country's shattered infrastructure keeps medical professionals and relief workers from reaching people who need their help. "There are already high levels of diarrheal disease, respiratory disease and malnutrition," a... More »

Obama Reiterates Haiti Support

5,000 troops to arrive in nation over the weekend

(Newser) - President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to relief in Haiti, telling the survivors of the massive earthquake "that we will do what it takes to save lives and help people get back on their feet." Obama spoke this afternoon—his third public statement in as many days—following a... More »

Anger Rising in Haiti Amid Slow Relief

Survivors break into UN warehouse, but get little

(Newser) - Earthquake survivors desperate for food broke into a UN warehouse in Port-au-Prince today, a sign of the growing frustration at delays in relief. UN officials say they've recovered nearly all of their stocks, however, and pledged to hand out 6,000 tons of food shortly. But with necessities such as... More »

George W, Bill Clinton to Lead US Aid Team

Ex-presidents will help direct 'full-court press' on Haiti

(Newser) - In addition to pledging $100 million to Haiti relief efforts, President Obama is calling in some familiar names for help. He's asked former presidents Clinton and the younger of the Bushes to lead US relief efforts, reports Politico . Clinton is currently the UN special envoy to the nation. In other... More »

150 UN Haiti Staffers Missing in Rubble

Mission leader among missing workers feared dead

(Newser) - About 150 United Nations staffers, including the Haiti mission leader, are feared dead below the rubble of Port-au-Prince in what appears to be the UN's greatest-ever loss of life in a single incident. The deaths of 16 UN workers in Tuesday's massive earthquake have already been confirmed, and "It's... More »

Pat Robertson: Blame Haiti's 'Pact to the Devil'

He says nation is cursed and must have a 'turning to God'

(Newser) - Well, this is helpful: Pat Robertson says Haiti's got itself to blame for the earthquake because of a "pact to the devil" it made long ago. "They were under the heel of the French ... and they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, 'We... More »

'Disaster of the Century' Stymies Haiti's Leaders

Official relief efforts slow in coming; it's 'unimaginable,' says prez

(Newser) - The sheer magnitude of the Haiti earthquake seems to have left the government there unable to mount any significant relief effort. Haitians were digging through the rubble with their bare hands as international relief agencies mobilized. "It's the disaster of the century," the director of Catholic Relief Services... More »

Hundreds of Thousands Feared Dead in Haiti

Haitian senator says toll could be 500K, but admits no one knows

(Newser) - Haiti's prime minister says several hundred thousand could have perished in yesterday’s earthquake. “I hope that is not true, because I hope the people had the time to get out,” Jean-Max Bellerive tells CNN . He said it was difficult to discern where the masses crowding the streets... More »

Haitians Pile Bodies in the Streets

Thousands expected lost, including archbishop and UN official

(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... More »

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