Haiti Death Toll: Thousands of people feared dead after the earthquake

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The recent 7.3 magnitude earthquake that has hit Haiti could mean thousands of people dead beneath collapsed structures.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is not equipped to deal with disasters like this and will be needing financial and emergency aids from other countries.

It was reported that The United States and other countries such as Iceland and Venezuela already mobilized aid and rescue teams to help Haiti.

“The people of Haiti will have the full support of the United States in the urgent effort to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble and to deliver the humanitarian relief — the food, water and medicine — that Haitians will need in the coming days,” said US President Obama.

According to International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally, about one third of the nation’s population of around 9 million people need emergency assistance. Conneally also said that it would take one to two days to see the clearer picture of the damage.

Tuesday’s earthquake was the major and most powerful earthquake to strike Haiti in more than 200 years.

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