Hundreds of thousands of people feared dead in Haiti
By Brian Kates
Daily News Staff Writer
With possibly hundreds of thousands of people feared dead in Haiti, aid groups from around the world were fighting against time to save the living.
"There's no water," said Jimitre Coquillon, a doctor's assistant at a makeshift triage center in a hotel parking lot. "There's nothing. Thirsty people are going to die."
Bodies - their faces contorted in grimaces, half covered by plastic tarps or white cotton sheets covered with blood and dust - were strewn about the streets. Survivors used sledgehammers and clawed through rubble with their bare hands to try to find victims.
They turned pickup trucks into ambulances and doors into stretchers to rush victims to makeshift triage centers in the capital.
As ambulances and U.N. trucks raced toward Port-au-Prince, refugees fled to the countryside, where the devastation was less severe, balancing suitcases and belongings on their heads.
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