The Red Cross has spoken of 45,000 to 50,000 dead. But Lieutenant General Ken Keen, the US general running the relief effort, said the international community should be prepared for the worst and the toll could be as high as 200,000.
At least 25,000 corpses have already been buried, according to Haitian government figures.
The United Nations has estimated that three million people were affected, and 300,000 left homeless. Some 40 tent cities have sprung up in Port-au-Prince, the Red Cross has estimated.
According to the EU, at least 4,000 physical structures were destroyed in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, after it was struck by 7.0 magnitude earthquake last Jan. 12, 2010. Of this number, 2,131 buildings were completely destroyed, while 2,205 structures partially damaged. These resulted in the deaths of more than 50,000 people. [Techorati]
The port at Port-au-Prince is likely to be out of operation for 60 to 90 days, the Pentagon has said, and damage to the fuel-delivery pier means no fuel supplies can be unloaded. Estimates that two-days of fuel left in bulk storage [Inquirer.net].
The airport is damaged but functioning round-the-clock under US military control [Inquirer.net].