Global relief effort begins
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations, U.S. government and Red Cross are scrambling today to mount a relief efforts in the wake of a catastrophic Haitian earthquake. The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck shortly after 4:53 p.m. EST yesterday devastated Port-au-Prince, a city of more than 2 million. Electricity, water and telephone services have been almost entirely knocked out, and officials are being forced to make do with relatively few satellite phones. Several public buildings have collapsed entirely, including a large hospital and the Presidential Palace. "It is now clear that the earthquake has had a devastating impact on the capital, Port-au-Prince," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters here today. "The remaining areas of Haiti appear to be largely unaffected."