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Thu., Jan. 14, 2010, 4:37 a.m.

Summation of conditions in Haiti this morning…

Good morning, Netizens...

[Portions from CBS-News, ABC-News, CNN-News and the New York Times.]

Day two in Haiti's horrid disaster and we still may not know how many people have died or been injured in yesterday's 7.0 earthquake. All through the night emergency medical teams have been conveying the injured to various makeshift medical facilities by truck, by hand, and in some cases stretchers are little more than doors, and the numbers of the dead and injured continues to rise.

There still is no electricity in Port Au Prince, aside from the electrical battery packs in use by various television networks, and in most places, no running water. Those who are not dying of shattered bones are simply waiting to die of thirst or malaria. People who are looking for loved ones can go to and hopefully find the status of missing persons.

Looting is being reported by all major network television news people already on the ground. Additionally, CNN's Anderson Cooper said he saw corpses on the sidewalk. Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams have been dispatched. CBS News' Katie Couric arrived Port-au-Prince on Wednesday morning. Ostensibly the entire world is watching.

We take so much for granted here in the Inland Northwest. Fresh drinkable water, food, safe places to sleep at night, but in Haiti all deals are off. Do you want to help? There are lots of places to send donations to this beleaguered country and more are coming online as day breaks here in the Inland Northwest.

How can you help? There are a lot of ways to give. Perhaps the foremost is the American Red Cross, which you can access by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or Doctors Without Borders http:/// or call them at 1-888-392-0392.


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