CNN deserves plaudits for its relentless Haiti coverage. Sanjay Gupta just interviewed President Rene Preval at the airport in Port Au Prince. The president seemed completely dazed–and it is not hard to see why. Preval himself said he hasn’t slept since last night–and has no idea where he’ll spend then night. Like most other buildings, his palace has been destroyed.
The AP profiles MINUSTAH chief Hedi Annabi, who remains missing and presumed dead.
Pat Robertson is a dunce.
The Ushahidi crisis map begins to fill up.
Despite heavy damage to its own offices, UNICEF is “ready to provide immediate support to the victims of the unfolding humanitarian crisis following the earthquake that hit Haiti today.”
Transcript from today’s State Department briefing.
A survivor of the UN headquarters collapse tells his story to UN Radio. He explains how the rest of the 7,000 strong MINUSTAH strong is helping in recovery efforts.
UPDATE: Bill Clinton, the UN Special Envoy for Haiti, speaks before an emergency General Assembly session in New York. He emphatically presses the need for water, food, shelter, and first aid supplies. As I wrote in my Daily Beast piece, one of the things Haiti has going for it right now is the former President. He will very likely play an important role in the coming days coordinating international donors response.
Clinton says he will personally delivery cash for said “water, food, shelter, and first aid supplies” that is donated through the Clinton Foundation. He also mentions the likelihood of a “flash appeal” which is a way that the UN raises money for disaster relief. Individuals can donate to this appeal through the Central Emergency Response Fund. (Which is supported by the UN Foundation.)