Red Cross estimates 50,000 dead after Haiti earthquake

Girls cry as a little girl is removed from the rubble, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010, in Port-AU-Prince, Haiti. Tuesday's quake left a landscape of collapsed buildings – hospitals, schools, churches, ramshackle homes, even the gleaming national palace – the rubble sending up a white cloud that shrouded the entire capital.

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Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 2:51 p.m.

GENEVA — The Haitian earthquake has killed an estimated 45,000-50,000 people, a spokesman for the Red Cross federation said Thursday.

"We consider this as an estimate" from the Haitian Red Cross, said Jean-Luc Martinage, a spokesman for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

He said it was based both on figures being used by Haitian government members and on information from the Haitian Red Cross' wide network of volunteers in Port-au-Prince.

"It remains an estimate to us," Martinage told The Associated Press. "Tonight the federation is not saying this is (definitely) the number of deaths."

"This is still a Haitian Red Cross number, but we believe that it is a good estimate of the situation at the moment," Martinage said.

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