Situation Report - Haiti earthquake January 15, 2010

The global humanitarian effort, which includes the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to respond to Haiti’s devastating earthquake faces enormous challenges, given difficult logistics, collapsed infrastructure and rising tensions. Power remains out, food supplies are dwindling and telecommunications are, as The New York Times reported, “barely functioning.”

Initial estimates of those who died, which had originally been estimated at 100,000 or even higher, were reduced by the Haitian Red Cross at about 45,000 to 50,000, though those estimates remained extremely tentative, the Times reported. An estimated 60 to 80 percent of buildings are collapsed. There is an urgent need for food and water.

An update on the global humanitarian effort in response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.

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