Haitian President is alive but nowhere to live: Clinton
The President of the quake-hit Haiti is alive but has nowhere to live, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said, following the devastating tremor that flattened buildings and also caused severe damage to the presidential palace.world Updated: Jan 14, 2010 12:18 IST
The President of the quake-hit Haiti is alive but has nowhere to live, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said, following the devastating tremor that flattened buildings and also caused severe damage to the presidential palace.
"The government buildings in Haiti were severely damaged. The President is alive but has nowhere to live. There is no communications system," Clinton told reporters at Honolulu in Hawaii, before heading towards Washington.
The US is attempting to help set up a communications capability for the government, she said.
The UN, which provided a lot of the authoritative assistance for the Haitian Government, not only through MINUSTAH, the peacekeeping operation, but a very large UN mission that was focused on helping us to implement this broad plan for development and economic growth, has been devastated, Clinton said.
"So both the Haitian Government and the United Nations were particularly hard hit," she added.
"This is going to be one of the highest in terms of loss of life in recent years, so far as we can tell. The estimates are very high. I don't want to repeat them because we can't verify them; we just know what we're hearing anecdotally. But the Indian Ocean tsunami was such a terrible tragedy and with such high loss of life," Clinton said.
She said, "I have spoken with President (Barack Obama), the National Security Council, (Defense) Secretary Gates, (USAID) Administrator (Rajiv) Shah, as well as numerous other State Department officials, to talk through exactly what is happening on the ground," she said.