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Earthquake Devastates Haiti

Thousands feared dead as faith-based organizations pledge to provide relief.

Thousands are feared dead after an earthquake and 12 aftershocks struck Haiti yesterday near Port-au-Prince.

Haitian president René Préval told The Miami Herald that he had been stepping over dead bodies and hearing the cries of those trapped under the rubble of the national Parliament. A Red Cross official told the Associated Press that 3 million people will need emergency aid.

Reporter Joseph Delva described the scene as one of total chaos. "I saw people under the rubble, and people killed. People were screaming 'Jesus, Jesus' and running in all directions," he told the Times.

Catholic News Service reports that Joseph Serge Miot, the archbishop of Port-au-Prince, was killed.

World Vision, which has about 370 staff in country, is among the faith-based organizations responding to the quake.

"It felt as if a truck had hit a wall," World Vision staffer Magalie Boyer said in a press release from the organization. "There is extensive damage in the city. People are getting ready to spend the ...

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