Skip to comments.Haiti quake: Death toll may be 200,000, US general says
Posted on 01/18/2010 6:44:15 AM PST by rdl6989
The leading US general in Haiti has said it is a "reasonable assumption" that up to 200,000 people may have died in last Tuesday's earthquake.
Lt Gen Ken Keen said the disaster was of "epic proportions", but it was "too early to know" the full human cost.
Rescuers pulled more people alive from the rubble at the weekend, but at least 70,000 people have already had burials.
Relief efforts are being slowed by bottlenecks, and many thousands of survivors are fending for themselves.
Many Haitians are trying to leave the devastated capital city of Port-au-Prince, and there are security concerns amid reports of looting and violence.
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I don’t think we will ever know the real number there. Things like this tend to get over exaggerated initially and then downgraded over time. For sure whether it is 50,000 or 500,000 the tragedy is immense so I don’t mean to diminish it at all.
Thanks I added that to my Haiti list.
Watching Fox and CNN last night and the endless helpless orphans is just too much. The thought that this government has done nothing but squander money and this is the end result sickens me.
A government house, a hospital and a lot of homes doesn't seem enough to equal a quarter of a million.
That would be something like 1 in 50 Haitians. Considering that Port Au Prince, where fatalities are sure to be concentrated, only has a population of a million that would mean about 20% of it’s population was killed.
At a completely uninformed glance that seems very high. There have been comparable earthquakes in the third world that haven’t racked up those sorts of numbers in term of percentage of the population. It’s sure to be massive but 200,000 would be jaw dropping.