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Published January 13, 2010, 03:36 PM

Getting word from loved ones in Haiti has been tough

(WDAY TV) - There are fears tonight that hundreds of thousands may be dead in Haiti's devastating earthquake, but there's still no official count. Bodies are piling up as recovery crews still search for others. For those living here with family in Haiti, getting word about their loved ones has been tough.

About 140 Haitian refugees live in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Most of them came here in the late 90's after an uprising in their homeland. Now, many of them are waiting for any word about their loved ones who are still back home.

Paul Aladin has most of his family in Haiti, including his mother, brother and sister who live in Port Au Prince. That's the Haitian capital and epicenter for Tuesday's deadly 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Aladin stayed up all night waiting to get any word about his relatives. Finally a call came saying his mother is okay, but he still doesn't know about his brother and sister. Haiti's President says Port Au Prince is nothing but death and destruction, with bodies being piled up.

Aladin had a trip planned for Februray to go back to Haiti. That's now on hold until he hears that it's safe to return to his homeland.