Residents help an injured man in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Jan 14. The death toll in Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake could run to tens of thousands of people. An estimate three million others will require emergency assistance, according to aid groups.

“IT LOOKS LIKE Dante’s ‘Inferno’.” That’s how Mike Henry, Haiti project director for Cross International Catholic Outreach, described the scene in Port-au-Prince after the quake.

“There are dead bodies everywhere,” Henry said in a report from the Haitian capital. “It is hell on earth.”

Jim Cavnar, president of the Catholic aid agency based in Pompano Beach, Fla., said the magnitude seven earthquake “has done more than shake the earth. It has shaken the fragile hopes and dreams of the Haitian people, who just last year were the victims of devastating storms and flooding.”

But even amid the devastation, there were signs of resilience.

“The girls were shaken up quite a bit when it happened,” said an unnamed person who works with Cross Catholic, in a message to Cavnar, “but now they are playing with the kids of the parents who are staying in our home”.  - NOB

Haitians left homeless rest at a park in Port-au-Prince Jan 13. The Red Cross said one-third of Haiti’s population will require aid following the earthquake that struck Jan 12.

An injured resident weeps as he sits under a tent at a open camp area in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince Jan 14. CNS photos

Men carry a casket amid hundreds of bodies outside Port-au-Prince General Hospital in Haiti Jan 14.

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