By Mark Memmott

The latest Associated Press report on the earthquake in Haiti starts with this:

Haitians piled bodies along devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.
It seemed clear that the death toll from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake would run into the thousands. France's foreign minister said the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was apparently among the dead.

Our coverage of the disaster began here yesterday, and will continue throughout today. NPR.org's coverage begins here.

If you're looking for information on aid organizations that work in Haiti and ways to contribute to their efforts, we've started a list here.

And, as we reported last night, if you're an American trying to get information about a loved one in Haiti, the State Department has set up a toll-free information number: 1-888-407-4747.

categories: Accidents and Disasters, Foreign News

9:50 - January 13, 2010