January 13, 2010 11:28 AM

Tens of thousands are feared dead in Haiti catastrophe

Haitian President Rene Preval issued an urgent appeal for his earthquake-shattered nation Wednesday, saying he'd been stepping over dead bodies and hearing the cries of those trapped under the rubble of the national Parliament. While official details about the scope of the damage were scarce, eyewitness accounts and media reports painted a nightmarish picture of widespread destruction that was feared to have claimed tens of thousands, if not more.

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