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Published January 13, 2010, 12:03 PM

Thousands feared dead in Haiti quake; many trapped

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians are piling bodies along the devastated streets of their capital after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace and the main prison, the cathedral, hospitals, schools and thousands of homes.

By: JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitians are piling bodies along the devastated streets of their capital after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace and the main prison, the cathedral, hospitals, schools and thousands of homes. Untold numbers are still trapped.

President Rene Preval says he believes thousands of people are dead. His prime minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, tells CNN: "I believe we are well over 100,000," though he gives no basis for that estimate and says he hopes it isn't true.

Preval told the Miami Herald on Wednesday that: "Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed."

The magnitude-7 quake struck Tuesday afternoon.

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