UN estimates 300,000 homeless in Haiti
An estimated three million people were affected by last Tuesday’s earthquake, of which roughly 300,000 are now homeless, United Nations officials say. The death toll from Haiti’s earthquake could reach 200,000 and, already, 70,000 have been buried in mass graves. A total of 62 people have been retrieved from the rubble by international search and rescue teams.
European nations have pledged more than a half-billion dollars to Haiti relief. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will arrive in Haiti today to meet with local officials to discuss recovery operations. The U.S. military, which has 5,800 troops on the ground and aboard vessels offshore, plans to send another 7,500 today. But, the window of life for survivors is closing fast; thousands, including many weakened by injury, are in dire need of food, water and basic medical care.
Celebrities are signing up to perform at the “Hope for Haiti” telethon to be broadcast January 22. George Clooney and Wyclef Jean are hosting the event. Currently, Bono, Sting, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Alicia Keys are slated to perform.