200,000 may be dead in Haiti earthquake

Haitian authorities say the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that that hit the capital Port-au-Prince may have killed 200,000 people.

“We have already collected around 50,000 dead bodies,” Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told Reuters. “We anticipate there will be between 100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number.”

 

Some 40,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves, said Secretary of State for Public Safety Aramick Louis.

 

Health Minister Alex Larsen told Reuters three-quarters of Port-au-Prince will have to be rebuilt.

 

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