As confirmed by the administrations that the death toll may cross 200,000.....
heres the news from reuters....
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Tensions rose among desperate Haitians awaiting international aid and food that began to trickle in three days after an
earthquake that Haitian authorities say killed 200,000 people.
Haiti's shell-shocked government gave the United States control over its main airport to bring order to aid flights from around the world and speed
relief to the impoverished Caribbean nation.
Trucks piled with corpses have been carrying bodies to hurriedly excavated mass graves outside the city but thousands of bodies still are believed
buried under rubble.
"We have already collected around 50,000 dead bodies," Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime told Reuters. "We anticipate there will be between
100,000 and 200,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number."
Some 40,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves, said Secretary of State for Public Safety Aramick Louis.
If the casualty figures turn out to be accurate, the 7.0 magnitude quake that hit Haiti on Tuesday and flattened much of its capital city would be one
of the 10 deadliest ever.
Health Minister Alex Larsen told Reuters three-quarters of Port-au-Prince will have to be rebuilt.
Three days after the earthquake struck, gangs of robbers had begun preying on survivors living in makeshift camps on streets strewn with debris and
decomposing bodies, as aftershocks rippled through the hilly neighborhoods.
Authorities reported some looting and growing anger among survivors despairing over the delay in life-saving assistance. Meanwhile, the United States
and other nations rushed to deliver food, water and medical supplies through a jammed airport, a smashed seaport and roads littered with rubble.
FIGHTING FOR FOOD
Hungry residents fought each other for bags of foods handed out by U.N. trucks in downtown Port-au-Prince.
A senior U.N. official warned that hunger will fuel trouble if aid does not arrive promptly, although the law and order situation remains under
control "for the time being."
"There have been some incidents where people were looting or fighting for food. They are desperate, they have been three days without food or any
assistance," U.N. Undersecretary General for Peacekeeping, Alain Le Roy, told "The PBS NewsHour."
"We have to make sure that the situation doesn't unravel but for that we need very much to ensure that the assistance is coming as quickly as
possible so that the people who are dying for food and medicine get them as soon as possible."
The U.N. mission responsible for security in Haiti lost at least 36 of its 9,000 members when its headquarters collapsed. Its two top officials have
not been accounted for.
The weakened Haitian government was in no better position to handle the crisis. The quake destroyed the presidential palace and knocked out
communications and power.
President Rene Preval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive were living and working in the judicial police headquarters.
"I do not have a home, I do not have a telephone. This is my palace now," the president told Reuters in an interview.
"We have to make sure there is gas available ... for the trucks collecting the bodies. The hospitals are full, they are overwhelmed."
U.S. President Barack Obama, who pledged an initial $100 million in quake relief, promised the United States would do what it takes to save lives and
get Haiti back on its feet. "The scale of the devastation is extraordinary ... and the losses are heartbreaking," Obama said at the White House.
Obama said the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, France, Colombia, Russia, Japan, Britain and other countries managed to fly in rescue and
logistics personnel and supplies. While some aid was getting in, the White House hoped improved logistics would streamline and accelerate the