Americans Pulled From Rubble as Haiti's Earthquake Survivors Begin to Get Relief

The Red Cross reported that it had received nearly $35 million in donations after it initially committed $10 million to the relief effort. The donations have exceeded their totals received in the first 48 hours of both Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Obama administration's program to raise money for the Red Cross relief effort through text messaging had raised $5.9 million by 7 p.m. Thursday -- a period of just more than two days -- the State Department said. By texting 'HAITI' to 90999 through their cell phones, donors can give $10 to the Red Cross, a charge that will appear on their bills.

VIDEO: Kate Snow describes the devastation as she makes her way into the country.
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'I Can't Tell Her That Her Last Sister Died'

The BBC's Matthew Price visited a hospital in Port-au-Prince this morning, where he interviewed the injured and those looking for their family members. He interviewed one man whose older daughter was killed when their house came crumbling on top of her.

He was in the hospital with his second daughter, also injured and whose legs may need to be amputated.

"She hasn't had an operation. Just take the kid to the operation room and just start operating. I don't care how you do it," he pleaded, while comforting his daughter, who was crying. "She is asking me about her sister. I can't tell her that her last sister died."

VIDEO: Haitis New Homeless
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As night fell on Wednesday, many crowded into the downtown streets of Port-au-Prince looking for shelter under tarps set up outside the prime minister's office or elsewhere around the capital, either because they were afraid to be indoors in case another earthquake hit or because they simply did not have a home to go to.

Desperate residents turned pickup trucks and wheelbarrows into ambulances and doors into stretchers, the Associated Press reported.

ABC News obtained information about an aid worker based in Port-au-Prince who helped dig out 8 bodies, including the child of one of his fellow aid workers. Earlier, the same man was dragged from his vehicle at gunpoint as he was leaving the Parliament building, with his vehicle taking two gunshots. Yet, the aid worker has refused to evacuate until all his fellow colleagues are accounted for.

VIDEO: Rescue efforts are mobilized as the death toll rises in Haiti.
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Journalist Carl Pedre described his observations to ABC News over the phone, as he walked the streets of Port-au-Prince Wednesday night: "It is very difficult to see at every corner dead bodies. And all the low parts of the city completely destroyed with houses in rubble and people still trapped inside. I was speechless."

Pedre said there was no electricity, aid, food or water.

"And a rumor was spreading around that a tsunami was coming, so people were running everywhere scared to be trapped again by another disaster," he added.

Ricardo Dervil, 29, said he joined the crowds simply roaming the wrecked city.

"I was listening to the radio and they were saying to stay away from buildings," he said. "All I was doing was walking the street and seeing dead people."

The Rescue Effort
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"This is much worse than a hurricane," said Jimitre Coquillon, a doctor's assistant working at a triage center set up in a hotel parking lot. "There's no water. There's nothing. Thirsty people are going to die."

Juidthe Jacques, who brought her mother Marguerite in to a hotel lobby being used as a makeshift hospital, fought back tears as she told the Miami Herald, "Where are the doctors? We expected doctors."

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