Devastation in Haiti

Jan 13, 2010 9:05am

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti this morning.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the island nation yesterday has devastated the country and left thousands homeless.

We don’t yet know the full extent of the devastation. What we do know is that several buildings, including the United Nations office, the presidential palace and the air traffic control tower collapsed. Flights are not able to easily get in and out.

This morning, I spoke to Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S., Raymond Joseph, who said the country will “face a disaster of major proportions.” He said there is no way of estimating the number of casualties.

The U.S. government has mobilized relief efforts and President Obama is expected to make remarks this morning about Haiti.

Joseph said what the country would need most, in addition to basic supplies such as food, water, blankets, clothes, is a hospital ship off of the coast off. It “is a must for us now,” he said.

We also showed photos of the devastation on Good Morning America.

For those and my full interview with Ambassador Joseph, watch my GMA segment: 

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