From the LA Times:
There was no official estimate of those killed and injured in Tuesday's 7.0 earthquake, which collapsed numerous government ministry offices and an unknown number of other buildings and shanties in the impoverished capital of 2 million. Aid workers predicted the toll would reach into the thousands.
Haiti's ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, appealed early today for medical help and rescue specialists as officials begin to assess the quake's toll. He said the country was in urgent need of a hospital ship and rescue personnel.
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