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January 13th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

Images of Haiti Devastation

The pictures and video are stunning - and in some cases shocking. Looking at the devastation in Haiti, you get a sense of the quake's power, and the aftermath's horror. At our special section,, you can see all the latest.
We're also following the latest from the world of social media. See any compelling videos, photos, or stories? Are you worried about relatives or friends? Share here.
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Filed under: Heidi Collins • Impact Your World • Josh Levs • Kyra Phillips • Tony Harris
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  1. Darcy Edwards

    Has anyone heard if there was damage in Cabaret?

    January 13, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  2. Josh Levs

    Thank you for your good reporting on this Haiti disaster! Why aren't you reporting more often?

    January 13, 2010 at 9:22 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Hopefully our aircraft carriers are on there way to Haiti with helicopters to get supplies in to the people quickly.

    January 13, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  4. Denis Finn

    Canada's Governor General (The Queen's representative to Canada) is originally from Haiti.

    It may be interesting to get her view of this tragedy.

    January 13, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  5. john rejouis

    is there any way that people can voluntare ther service and there skill to help hait by traverling to hait

    January 13, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  6. cristina

    If the plane left there an hour and a half after the quake, why can't planes land? Don't get me wrong, I am glad they got out ok.
    Those people need help right away.
    Thank you for keeping us updated.
    I was 9 years old when I went through a big one in the Azores January 1st 1980. I know what if feels like and the damages that it causes. It is not pretty. My prayers go out to all of them.

    January 13, 2010 at 10:02 am |
  7. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    CNN has a phone number for donations and help just keep an eye out for it .

    January 13, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  8. Edline Charles-pierre

    I am glad that president Barack obama responde very quickly to help
    Haiti.We need help,after hours waiting I finaly find out from my brother in Iraq that my mom and stepfather are ok.Please don't give up helping

    January 13, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  9. Meg McKeever

    2 questions-Indonesia had NO seismic sensors to warn them 5 years ago. Did Haiti have ANY means of early warning?

    Guantanamo is close-can it be used as a staging base/hospital?
    Our thoughts are with the citizens of Haiti and all visitors there.

    January 13, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  10. guerda

    Has anyone heard from the Haitian president? Is there a president? If so where is he? Is he mute?

    January 13, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  11. guerda

    My heart & prayers go out to the Haitian people

    January 13, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  12. Elizabeth Pau

    Everyone is stating how can they get into Haiti. If you guys cant get thru port au prince you can enter thur cape haitian,air port next to Milot it is better than going thru Dominician Republic and driving from Cape Haitian to Port Au Prince. Lynx Air is the airline I fly when going into Cape Haitian, Haiti..

    January 13, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  13. BandonLuna in Oregon

    Heidi, you've got to be kidding!

    WATER BOTTLES? People in Haiti carrying WATER BOTTLES?

    That is an East Coast thing. Bottled water is expensive. They barely have stores in Haiti.

    I am sure they will get water bottles when they get food/water relief.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  14. victor rice

    I am hearing that the air traffic control tower is down. Why can't the US dispatch an AWACs aircraft to control incoming aircraft so aid can be flown into this country in need.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  15. Eugenia - San Francisco

    Please list the organizations helping the people of Haiti!

    here is a few:

    Lambi fund, Catholic Charities and Portlight ALL need this community to Link theses entries thru their Social Networks,..via Facebook,twiter..etc.

    A person in motion can create a Wave of their own to get the monies flowing .We have folks inside the impact area but their needs are catastrophic.

    Life sustaining items must be flown and shipped in,for without a rapid response, lives will wither in the rubble and those injured wont survive.

    I urge you all to make a difference.
    You can.

    Paul Timmons of Portlight

    January 13, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  16. Rita

    i'm burned out – our country is in great need and now we must rebuild haiti in addition to the millions going to the mideast in troops and treasure.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  17. Dale

    Thanks for showing your concern and compassion for the average person in Haiti. I really don't care how the rich are doing...they do quite well at helping themselves.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  18. Jacky Nemorin

    I understand Haiti is a poor country but is that all that people are worried about them being poor. The people living there need support not criticism. Everyone in the media only see's the bad in Haiti never the good but if it were that bad why is that there are 40,000 – 50,000 thousand americans living there when America is the land of opportunity where they are from. Look into Haiti years back we were not always muts as everyones makes us out to seem. We are human the people living there a re human and to some Haiti is home now would you like it if someone was 'PICKING" on your home. The saying don't judge a book by it's cover is something everyone that does not know the real Haiti needs to look into. I love Haiti even if we are at the bottom. A'YITI CHERI. How about praying for those in Haiti, setting up food and clothes drives instead of repeating the same foolishness about the darn country being poor. I thought U.S. was better than that.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  19. roger cornettsr.

    hey tony going crazy trying to get hold of someone at white house to say i'm retired from medical field worked in nursing and medical field for 18 yrs.i'm more than welling to go help with rescue efforts and any thing else i can do if you could help me in this matter please do my hearyt goes out to these poor people. thank you

    January 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  20. William Courtland

    If you take a globe and draw a line through the equator to the other lateral point on that globe on the other side of it: what is the corrilation between possible volcanic activity in the middle of the Indian Ocean in respect to the earthquake in Haiti?

    In respect of Hawaii it is the leading Mountain of Lesotho which causes an eventual crust pressure break on the opposite side, as the techtonic plates drift, the hot spot is still found penatraiting due to the corrodide weakness on the other side. The Volcanos of Sumatra related to the stretch over long periods found between South America and the horn of the mid-equatorial, Atlantic bulg of Africa, in respect of the change over long duration between the two bodies.

    To stop earthquakes: balance the other side of the globe. Strip mine or build islands...

    January 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  21. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The actions of president Obama makes me even more proud to be an American and proud to have Obama as our comander and chief .

    January 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  22. Dodie

    To find information about friends and family in Haiti: The U.S. State Department set up a toll-free number to call for information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747

    This is the poorest country I have ever witnessed in my entire lifetime. Children with extended stomachs due to mass starvation, sores on their legs and arms from lack of nutrition. The people are wonderful even though they lived in horrific poverty!

    I donated to Red Cross. It was very easy and they give you a tracking number when the transaction is completed.

    January 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  23. Peter Smith

    I am a student going to CU Boulder. Please announce on the newscast how I can get to Haiti to volunteer. I will take a break from my education to help them, I just don't know how.

    January 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  24. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I think that we, being a mostly Christian nation should help every way we can not only in Haiti but throughout the world! When we help those in need we should let the world know that the U.S. is following Jesus' decree to help those in need and love thy neighbor as thy self which includes all people throughout the world!

    January 13, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  25. Polycarpe Mirlene

    Actually Haiti is exposed to its bones! Thank GOD that CNN THE ONLY NAME IN NEWS is doing more than a perfect job in covering the situation! Anderson is actually in Haiti and I am waiting for his updates. For the Haitians who are worried about the number of times the anchors emphasized that our country is the poorest in the western hemisphere, I said BE QUIET, there is no shame to be poor, the real shame is how we have managed to get there, taking into account that we are the first slaves to be free for more than 200 yrs. We need help, people are willing to help us so let it be. Now what the news should question, is, what are they going to do to keep people from STEALING THIS HELP from the ones that will need it the most? Thank you CNN I can't hear from my family and I am torn apart by these pictures.

    January 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  26. Dana

    Does anyone have any information on possible survivors of the Hotel Montana? Looking for Lee Strickland/American/Red Hair/Male/Mid 40s/180 lbs

    January 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  27. Cheryl Greening

    CNN is doing such a fantastic job covering the horrific disaster in Haiti. Thanks for getting the most current information out to us....We all need to do whatever we can to assist in helping in whatever way we is a fantastic site, displaying all the many organizations that we can contact to help. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in Haiti, and across the world. A huge thanks to Anderson Cooper. It is so hard to believe one man who is so dedicated to his work, and the people all over the world. Seems wherever there is a disaster, Anderson is one of the first on the seen to report back to us, as a nation. His efforts are so appreciated. May Anderson be nominated for the next American Hero!! He truly is just that! God Bless you all.

    January 13, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  28. marei souffrant

    please can someone give us some information about people who live in mais-gate near the airport,many of us in boston have loves one there and we are unable to communicate with them.Please help us.May God bless you.Marie souffrant

    January 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  29. marie souffrant

    My name is Marie Souffrant
    I am asking for your help to check or show on television a small place near the airport in Port au Prince, it is called Mais Gate. I have family in that area and I still cannot get any contact. I would just like to know if there is anything you can do to help me and my family, please.

    Thank You,
    Marie Souffrant

    January 13, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  30. s jean

    I appreciate all the outpouring support and coverage towards Haiti. However, I am a bit tired of hearing the country being the "poorest and the world amongst other criticism. Since when is it a crime to be poor. We are poor not jihad bombers or terrorists.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  31. marie

    i beg everyone to please continue raising the issue of airport closure. We desperately need the commercial airlines operating again so we get get food and supplies to our families. please help us plead for help from the US government to get the airport in Haiti running again.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  32. Armand jr Pierre

    This is for the whole world specially CNN that doing the greatest Job ever travel down there to Haiti.  I really Appreciate how CNN  corver this tragedy and keep us update every minutes to help us Understanding the mean of together as one as we most understand we need each other to help and encourage the victims of this unbelievable tragedy My MOM and MY Dad My Friends I  wonder where is my son's did he stil alive? how can i get in  touch whit him ? if there is  any  one that know where he  can be found ? what can i do to tell i care for him more than anything and i want to tell him  i still love him jah knows and how much i will miss him if he dies , and how much i will always love him forever my idol pi fo pi gwan love is the remedy fary i love you so much .... AJP TETPWAV

    January 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  33. Polycarpe Mirlene

    Actually Haiti is exposed to its bones! Thank GOD that CNN THE ONLY NAME IN NEWS is doing more than a perfect job in covering the situation! Anderson is actually in Haiti and I am waiting for his updates. For the Haitians who are worried about the number of times the anchors emphasized that our country is the poorest in the western hemisphere, I said BE QUIET, there is no shame to be poor, the real shame is how we have managed to get there, taking into account that we are the first slaves to be free for more than 200 yrs. We need help, people are willing to help us so let it be. Now what the news should question, is, what are they going to do to keep people from STEALING THIS HELP from the ones that will need it the most? Thank you CNN I can't hear from my family and I am torn apart by these pictures.

    January 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  34. Michael Giloth

    My wife and I have contrbuted to the relief effort in Haiti .... I can't help but wonder if resources from the Mideast have responded in like?
    Do Taliban leaders opens their hearts to these people as well?
    If there is a legitimacey in their beliefs, I hope that the world will hear from their concerns and love.

    Michael Giloth

    January 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  35. Polycarpe Mirlene, CT

    It's unbearable that after 24 hrs I haven't been able to reach any of my family members. The phones rang but nobody answered. Is their any action plan to restore the communication lines? It is just too painful when you don't know whether your brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, slept under the rubles, on the street, or alive. It is just overwhelming. Some of did not sleep the whole night, some of us can't function at all!

    January 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  36. jovanie edouard

    does anybody heard about carfoure?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  37. Carline Charles

    I heard a lot of news from parts of port-au-prince like the capital, petion ville, Delmas, airport areas but no one mention carrefour which it is a disaster and no one from the u.s. could get in touch with anybody. I heard some people managed to call their love's one but all my family live in carrefour. Please help! I am very thankful of all your efforts and supports to get medical help and food and shelters to the people over there.

    January 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  38. jovanie edouard

    does those people in carfoure got any help?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  39. john

    Hi there, I have been wondering how Pharmacists may be able to assist or become a part of a medical group or team out of the US. I have yet to see any links where healthcare providers may get to Haiti. I understand that there are many teams that have been put together by various countries. If possible please contact me with the necessary details of such an effort. Thanks....some of us may not be able to assist financially but would like to volunteer in this effort. Jah guide us through this period.

    January 13, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  40. Marie-Yves

    I am very proud of CNN news for capturing every detail about what is going on back home,and being so involved with rescue support. although I am unable to reach back home I know CNN is bringing all current notification to us Haitian here and the States. I could not be more proud to be an American as I am today. My heart and prayers go out to all my fellow Haitians. May God bless you and keep all of you close to his heart in this moment of crisis.

    January 13, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  41. dawn sullivan

    It would be nice to let the world know our military is helping..... gitmo had an earthquack on monday and they are know sending help plus ready to take haitians to gotmo since gitmo has such a bad rep. it would be nice for the world to know

    January 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  42. Lynne W

    We have been impressed and deeply moved by the coverage provided this first day after the disaster in Haiti. Our request/suggestion to enhance an understanding of the global response is that CNN use the"Magic Wall" to show the extent of the global response – proportionately sized arrows converging on Haiti showing the extraordinary efforts from all over the planet.
    Americans in particular need to understand that, a) it is NOT just the USA that is responding quickly and efficiently, but 2) the USA has led and is responsible for a huge proportion of the initial response.
    Thanks for the great work, in good times and bad.

    January 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  43. chantale

    Please Can anybody tell me how i can volunter to help , Haiti is my home land iam try to go ther to help as much as possible if anyone have any information please let me know. also i havent hear from my family members i been trying 2 call but i cant get through.

    January 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm |
  44. P. Climenson

    what are the people of the Dominican Republic doing to help the people of Haiti? They are so close and I have heard nothing of what they are doing?

    January 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  45. Esther Dertes

    can i please have a number to find out if delmas 22 was hit and if there is any survivor please my mother, my brother and his wife, there four children leave there. please let us know if there is a number we can call to find out which city were hit and how bad it was, please help me find my families please. god is good all the time god is good he will take care of his people in there time of need please help us pray for those in need god bless my country of birth.

    January 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  46. Mizzy

    Is there a need for unused cell phones to be donated for the crisis in Haiti? This may be way to help the Haitian people reach out to their families abroad, and let them know if they are alive, or injured.

    If such a donation drive is happening, can you please announce this on the CNN news programs? I have two extras that I don't mind parting with.

    January 13, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  47. marlene wright

    Our God is faithful and He truly is with these grieving, helpless, hopeless people. We need not to be criticizing anyone at this time but to be lifting each and everyone in that broken country and those going in to assist in whatever way possible, in prayer, constantly for God to protect and save them. There are no words to speak as I watch the faces and see the devastation of these people, I only pray and pray for them to look up to their creator to cry out to Him for He loves them and is truly with them. He promised when we go through the Valleys He will be with us, this is the darkest valley and He is not a liar!! Donate even $20,$10, whatever you can, we are so blessed today, all this would bring millions for helping them Red Cross is always a safe place to donate, May God bless and keep them all.

    January 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  48. Dlynthomas

    I would like Dr. Gupta to respond to President Preval's request for medical personnel. Could he leave CNN's poorly scripted interviews to someone else and assist in saving the lives of people who desperately need Dr. Gupta?

    January 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  49. Dlynthomas

    I continue to pray for the people of Haiti and for Ruth Applewhite, Head of the Christian Center Institute of Haiti.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  50. star

    wow.........this event was just horrible.........we need to get people to start donating......i will help!!!!!!!

    January 13, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  51. henry madanga

    may those who were affected god protect them and give them strength to carry on.

    January 14, 2010 at 4:14 am |
  52. Robert Anthony

    How come that I do not hear any commentator on CNN comment on or
    ask government officials about U.S. security plans for Haiti;especially
    related to the very needed delivery of goods(food,temporary shelters,
    medical supplies,etc.);protection of Haitian citizenry;etc.?With the situation for Haitian citizens becoming desparate/critical,the
    establishment of security measures becomes correspondingly critical!

    January 14, 2010 at 6:15 am |
  53. johnny

    hello, does anybody know the situation in Aquin masellian ? i have any information about there, i have my father there and my grand parents. PLEASE if you guys have any information share it please.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  54. Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz

    The earthquake has caused the Haitian people have not only lost their kin, homes, and livelihood but the government structures that provided a safety net. The immediate response requires, in addition to satisfying basic and security needs, a feeling of hope. Including Psychosocial support programs early on will go a long way in alleviating disaster related distress, increase resilience and promote hope. So what is the plan to address urgent humanitarian needs inclusive of psychosocial support?
    1. Identify a selected group of seasoned Humanitarian psychologists and invite them to Haiti.
    2. Identify groups in the communities and introduce concept of Psychological Support psychological first aid and community assessment.
    3. Engage people from the affected community in the process and identify small activities that they can undertake to bring the family, neighbors, and community together.
    4. Initiate psychosocial activities for all age groups in the target community. Provide specific attention to community mobilization, formal and informal education activities and interface with community health activities.
    5. Develop accurate messages through visuals and murals related to improving the psychosocial well being.
    Immediate assistance that satisfies basic needs provides security, and cares for heath needs are paramount. Psychosocial support activities as a supplement will assist the affected communities to develop positive coping and enhance their resilience thus reducing the threat for long term mental health sequalae . The approximate timeline of six to nine months for psychosocial support programs provide a space for the affected people to develop strategies to continue to improve their resilience and re-establish their HOPE.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  55. Lisa

    Does anyone know if there is any damage in Aquin? Looking to get information on friend's brother and sister in law.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  56. Melinda

    I'm confident the average American will respond to the need for help in Haiti. I wonder if the not -so -average Americans sheduled to receive the 6 and 7 figure bonuses, financed by the same average Americans, will respond in kind? When I think how that much money could help so many people, the bonuses seem obscene.

    January 14, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  57. Edner Andre

    To CNN and the entire staff,

    I would like to express my appreciation and gratefulness for your complete and endless coverage on the earthquake in Haiti. Because of your news channel, we have been able to be informed of every aspect developing in Haiti. I thank the news staff who have travaled to my country to bring us eyewitness coverage at a timely manner. Unfortunately at this time I am still trying to locate my father, Oscar Andre who was last seen at Rue Sanfil 158 apt 3-RD. We have tried everything to locate him, posting pictures on the Facebook Thread and on iReports. We hope and pray for his return.

    Once again my entire family thanks you for your endless effort to bring us the news.

    Deacon Edner Andre
    Holy Spirit Church
    Asbury Park, NJ

    January 14, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  58. Hilroy

    Well, well, well,

    The real America is back and what a sight to see those ships and volunteers. We should send videos to the terrorists around the world to show them what the US does in times of disaster all over the world.

    Tell them we will do the same for them in an emergency.

    You are going to solve our racial problems and that is the only blight on the US. You will solve the Israel and Palestinian problem with aor without warmongers in that part of the world.

    When the US solve those problems, our enemies abroad will have to find something else to hate the US

    The US is the first to be there. I SAY GOD BLESS AMERICA FROM A PROUD PERSON

    January 14, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  59. K.

    I am sorry for all the problems in Haiti. But I have only 1 question where did the 16 million dollars we spent there in the last decade go. Not spent on the proper building codes for sure. It is a shame all these years of help and they seem no better off. Which tells me the money is not going in the right place. But whats new about that. The 16 mil. is just what the gov. has spent , what about all the donations. I pray we do a better job this time. K

    January 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  60. Marie Decossard

    I have learned from a friend that at least 4 people are trapped under the rubble at the justice minister located at Carefour Tifour Turgeau, PauP. The Director of this institution, Director Michard Gaillard, and their secretaries whose one of them Marie Francoise Thomas, my friend. She was alive late yesterday evening talking to people on the ground but couldn't get to her.
    Please pass this message so the rescuers can try to reach for them.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  61. Mary

    Who is directing the air traffic in Haiti? We need to get the planes unloaded and back in the air as quickly as possible to allow other planes in. Are there any ship hospitals on the way? Can they bring doctors and nurses with them? Can large shipsbe used as clinics?

    January 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm |

    Hi Kyra... THANKS. Thx For Mentioning Us... We're Not The Biggest, Richest, Most Populated Country... But You Mentioned That Within 12-24 Hours, CANADA Had Planes Loaded With Water, Food, Medical Supplies AND WE Have A Plane Thats A Traveling Hospital. ALL FOR THE READY WAITING For The Greenlight. Again, THANK-YOU SO MUCH FOR REMEMBERING YOU ALLIES TO THE NORTH... GOD BLESS.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  63. Marie Decossard

    my brother lives in Delmas but he is actually working in Gonaives with the hurricane survivors . I haven't heard from him, I wonder if anyone knows about Gonaives conditions.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  64. peter176

    BQN is a former bomber base with the largest airstri[p in the carribean, that now operates as a civilian airport. along with its major landing strip it also has three smaller air strips . land the larger air planes here along with smaller airplans and transfer cargo. also use helicopters to land and pick up cargo and distribute.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  65. DeeDee

    Why is General Honore saying we should have gotten into Haiti 24 hours ago? They could not get into Haiti any sooner. We've never faced anything like this. Folks, this is indeed the "Big One", an earthquake the Western Hemisphere that's so great that the government is in ruins. People are dying, there's no place to go. Not even the President of Haiti has a place to lay his head. We've never seen anything like this, not even Katrina was this bad as catastrophic as that was. Sure there was chaos in New Orleans, but we didn't have total government collaspe. During the earthuquake in the Indian Ocean, it took us almost a week to get there. You have to have a place to land airplanes and ships, watch the news, both have been destroyed. The U.S. does not need to send people in there who cannot take care of themselves and be a further burden on Haiti. I have no complaints. I'm not Haitian, but I'm proud of everything we're doing. I would give anything if we could work faster, but we cannot, not when the infrastructure is gone. But we've got to figure it out. How do we save people when there is no infrastructure?

    January 14, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  66. Severn Day

    U.S. Seabees and Corps of Engineers can unblock Haiti's port and get things rolling in a hurry – just like they did all over Europe during WWII. Can CNN find out why we aren't hearing about plans to do this?
    Why not airlift to Haiti all those empty mobile homes and warehouses full of supplies that were never distributed to needy Katrina victims?
    While the catastrophe hit Haiti and not the U.S., our emergency response capabilities are still very slow and poorly planned.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  67. Marie Decossard

    I am grateful to CNN for covering endlessly the heartquake in Haiti. I think the leadership of our president and his staff, the americain people, and those from the world that stand to help Haiti and its people. Although we have problem reaching our love ones back home, it if wasn't for the support of first America the situation of Haiti would be irreversible.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  68. Ralph

    Tony, thanks for your excellent reporting.

    My heart goes to the people in Haiti. As we continue to see what the destruction has done to this poor people and the support that so many countries are bringing I have to ask, what happened to the French people? The ruled this country for many year and have done nothing to help them. Can you investigate what is the French government doing to help the very people the so wrongly ruled for many year.

    Keep up the good work and God Bless.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  69. Otis

    Please ask Gen'l Honore' whether he thinks that the very large number of cruise ships based in Florida should be pressed into emergency service, not necessarily for shelter but ... each ship is capable of feeding 1000's of meals a day and providing huge volumes of drinking water.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  70. lyle c richardson

    president obama– get off your but, dont talk like bush,,, why not send in paratrooper specialists with medicine , cargo needs for the haitians,, etc,, paratrooper specialists can help - send them in

    January 14, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  71. Javier Chave

    How about using US Navy LCAC to offload supplies

    January 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  72. Hilroy


    Great summation on the below article and I do agree with you.

    Your comment

    I'm confident the average American will respond to the need for help in Haiti. I wonder if the not -so -average Americans sheduled to receive the 6 and 7 figure bonuses, financed by the same average Americans, will respond in kind? When I think how that much money could help so many people, the bonuses seem obscene.

    My reply! Do not bet on it with these greedy bankers. Haiti may not even open their eyes. WHEN YOU ARE EVIL YOU ARE EVIL. HELL IS ON THEIR WAY OUT. Hard working US taxppayers will have the last laugh.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  73. lyle c richardson

    cnn is doing an excellant job, fox well–??, the reporters are very important, the tweets have very good ideas, etc,, ,,mr. lemon - why not the paratrooper specialists, with medicines, and tents for the makeshift hospitals, etc and for the people in need,, time is wasting– mr. lemon report it, demand it , from president obama. night is coming again, stand up mr. lemon.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  74. Heather

    Incase this hasn't been news can give 5 dollars to the wycleff HAITI fund by txting YELE to 501501, or you can donate 10 dollars to the American Red Crossby texting HAITI to 90999. Both charges will be on your cell phone bill...Please give if you can if not at least say a prayer!!!

    January 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  75. Jayne Hodge

    We all need each other in this world & Haiti is just another example, the west is coming through again, & as a westerner I'm very proud. I hope the countries so dead against "capitalism" step back & take a look, perhaps even re-think their stance.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  76. brigitte

    80%of haitis population are roman catholics.where is the vatican with its billions of dollars to help this poor people.just from praying the can rescue people or the can get them same medication or water or food.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  77. jeannette koster

    this comment is in regard to rescue people trapped under heavy objects and no actual equipment to move these things. could the rescuers use auto jacks from the cars and trucks i see driving around? especially in the case of the little 11yr old girl who's one leg is trapped under a slab of concrete, even if they had to use more than one jack at a time just to raise it a inch or two enough to pull her out, better to try this than to cut her leg off which is what is being said will have to be done.... please pass this comment on to someone who can do something about it. please please!! thank you very much

    January 14, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  78. Candice Charles

    Haiti, a country full of pain and grief
    We are a people who have known great suffering
    We fought to win the Independence of what was once known as a beautiful country on January 1st, 1804
    It is sad to think about the misery we Haitians have been through
    But in all the struggle, we work hard to unite with each other and become one
    Now, a horrible earthquake has left our country full of dead corpses, ashes, and debris
    We ask ourselves what can we do now that our counrty is gone?
    All we can do now is lay Haiti in God's hands and pray that he will have mercy on our country in our favor

    January 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  79. nika

    I 'm so gratefull for all the help and support the United nation has done for our country.May God bless our Nations.


    January 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  80. joseph octave

    first of all i wanna say that CNN is number one for so many reasons great coverage is one of them. please if you could extend ur coverage to the other cities like Leogane and Jacmel as these cities are badly damaged like p-au-p.two thumbs up for President Obama's leadership in this.matter, our extended gratitude goes to the american people and all the other nations for their generous my fellow haitians, courage ,God loves all his children.

    January 15, 2010 at 5:59 am |
  81. Diane Holmes

    I am watching Heidi right now covering the earthquake. I can't believe that CNN is not renewing her contract. I specifically turn to CNN in the mornings JUST to hear her commentary and delivery. She is one of the broadcasters who delivers the message , but you can also sense her emotions and compassion when she has to communicate unhappy or tragic news. I hope another station has more sense than CNN and scoops Heidi Collins up. Guess I'll switch my watching to another network. Good luck Heidi.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  82. Angie

    The US Coast Guard Cutter has been at the Main Port of Port-au-Prince since Wednesday. They knew the Port was damaged. They knew they could not use that crain because it was under water they knew they could not use the road because the road was blocked by the ground that was pushed up by the Quake to adult height. They knew it since Wednesday. Why didn't the MEN on the US Coast Guard Cutter get off the ship, on Wednesday, collect all the rocks, dirt and debres with their hands, buckets on the ship (they do have a bucket or two), and begin to build up a road to meet with the pushed up section of the road? If they began on Wednesday, people on the Island hearing what they were trying to do would have helped too. They could have finished by mid to late thursday on getting that section and if another section needed to be done, they could have done that also. Half the men on one section and the other half on the other section. There are enough men on that ship to have done the job. Why are the young people who get to have these jobs unable to come up with a quick solution like that? My generation would have done it imediately. It is called Good Old American Common Sense.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  83. Rose Marie

    It's not time of critics the pass of last government this is a disaster natural I invite the Haitians to forum carrefour Haiti on radio – canada .ca / haiti the media in Haiti I have not word for you say thank you and thank you so much cnn we need the media who work very well with the aid workers I want Bill and I want Bush for working together for people in Haiti and forget the partisan political thank you

    January 15, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  84. Larissa

    Josh there are posts on Facebook regarding people confirmed still alive and stuck in Carribean Market but rescue team apparently has left...can you help us get them back there...any contact with rescue teams on the ground in Haiti?

    January 15, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  85. Bobbie

    I just want to thank CNN for the news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti
    CNN always is the news source my family and I turn to whenever anything happens. From Ohio, Calif, Ottawa Canada we are watching around the clock. we call each other quite often all day. I tried the Fox Newsn and MSNBC but they did not have the coverage that CNN has. I just thank you so much. I cry and I pray for these humble peopled and I just cannot turn you off. THANK YOU FOR THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. i know this is Hard to even report and my heart aches. Just please keep up your great reporting. We the public need it. I beg each and every person to PLEASE DONATE. We have so much and we waste so much. Even a poor person in American is so much better off than these dear ones. I pray Jehovah Please Have Mercy.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  86. Melanni

    I have no job and no money to give. But I would like to help the people in Haiti. I have been watching CNN since the earthquake hit and I have cried for what I have seen. Please tell me what I can do if I have no money. I'm 20 years old, live in Springfield, Missouri, married and just became a mom 5 months ago. If I can go and help I will, trust me my husband can take care if our sonand my mom lives in Missouri she will also help to take care of my son. Please I really want to help tell me what I can do. Please and thank you. May God Bless the people in Haiti.

    January 15, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  87. Ricardo Pair

    My heart goes out to these people, Thanks the Nations of the world for there help and support.

    January 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  88. chris melia

    well i am only 12 ok and my school in Maine is trying to help but we can't find were to send the stuff.

    January 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  89. lee pearson

    I dont understand why! we couldnt have set up a nearby drop zone, put down some rangers or seals with weapons to form a perimeter, and then dropped the needed supplies in to Haiti. From the evident rioting already there over the food, it is going to take military force to control it and to get the stuff to the people who need it. People are dying there waiting on the "usual." Cant we ever think outside the box?

    January 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  90. carol gibson

    I have been watching CNN here in Saudi Arabia since the reporting of the Haiti devestation. I can see how the world has come together with the needs there on the site of devestation. I have listened and watched all the commentators presenting the loss of life and the now struggles of the people there. What I dont understand is why the donation of everything is not getting to the people. The aid workers sitting at the airport in Dominican Republic waiting for flights. A woman there telling them they can not drive to the locations, especially being foriegners. This is ridiculous. Man helping Man and yet Man stopping the efforts. There is a way...never say never...someone out there can make it happen. God forbid, cant someone out there make the efforts of relief get to the ground of the Haitian people. The CNN doctor left alone caring for patients when the other doctors where take away due to secuity reasons...give me a break...we have a military ship sitting out there in port....what is going on over there....with the support...someone make it happen!!!

    January 15, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
  91. Liz

    It's a real shame how the island of Puerto Rico, being so close to Haiti has not sent any help! The island's governor has scheduled a tele-marathon for the 22nd!. Haitinans need help NOW. Doctors, medicine, water, food, equipment, tents. Help has been sent from around the globe already and Puerto Rico's absence shines. Stop thinking about the money, start thinking about the suffering and how many lives can be saved NOW!!! Seeing how the current government of Puerto Rico handles money, I'm not so sure most of it will get to Haiti. If Haiti's population were not black nor poor, the governor of Puerto Rico would personally have gone there in a private jet.

    January 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  92. Catherine Berg

    For news of Cabaret Haiti, try googling for Cabaret Haiti a Southern Baptist breaking news report 2 days ago which is quite detailed.Hope you make contact with them soon. Catherine Berg Australia.

    January 16, 2010 at 12:56 am |
  93. Catherine Berg

    Re Dana Jan 13 survivors of hotel Montana- three guys were featured on 7 news here today Sat in Australia Melbourne who were with a party of 5 I think walking through the hotel lobby when it collapsed on top of them and the three survived in a narrow space with chewing gum and a lollipop. I do not know of the remaining people.You would pick it up off the 7 news website. Catherine Berg Australia.

    January 16, 2010 at 1:03 am |
  94. Tom Notarangelo

    With the unrest starting to build in Haite, where is the Hatian military to protect the medical staff trying to help their own people. So far though all efforts, I have not heard anything about the Hatien government participating in rescue or medical efforts. Why?

    January 16, 2010 at 6:39 am |
  95. Rose Marie

    Mr Lawrence you know It's not all the Haitians who capable of read very well with your microphone before of distribute all the food for people haitians you read the date once or twice time people are hungry

    January 16, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  96. Marty, Summerfield, FL

    re Haiti....what is being done to get food, water and medical help (like MASH units) from the air strips to the ravaged Port au Prince area ? There appears to be no coordination, and waiting around for someone to take charge, and very slow response time. It reminds me a lot like Katrina where nothing happened for 5-7 days. I reall feel very bad for these "poor" people.

    January 16, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  97. Rose Grover

    Why don't they load helicopters with food and water and drop all over affected areas like they do with fires? Not smart to wait much longer as organ failure will start on folks that are not injured just from dehydration and hunger. Please send them this message. I am retired nurse practitioner and don't understand why they are not dropping supplies.Rose Grover RN.,FNP-C

    January 16, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  98. bob hospodarec

    Homes for Haiti people
    I would like to donate my motor home as a shelter for a Haiti family. My thought is if the US gov't could ship my motor home to Haiti from Florida I would drive it from California to Florida.
    I would hope that the Obama administration would allow it as a tax donation!
    Other people could donate their motor home to Haiti people thru a Charitable Foundation.
    I would offer to help in any way with this type of relief!
    Is this a plausible scenario to help the people?
    Regards Bob Hospo

    January 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  99. Barbara Johnson

    It is my understanding that the Haitian 'government' doesn't function. No police, a prison crushed with the 1000 convicts on the loose. The Red Cross/Un are trying to do what they can with the roads, lack of vehicle fuel, etc. It seems they are performing miracles in a land which whas filled with unrest and disorganization. The planes were allowed in one or two at a time (due to lack of space) air traffic control at on computers...'by to speak". I think we have absolutely no concept of hardship and what has happened and the difficult job it is fo all involved. There was a 'gang' running around with before yesterday...the frustration and fear results in attacks Haitians upon Haitians...and certainly mob behavior occurs when supplies ARE brought in. There must be SOME sort of security provided to provide them with water, food etc. The poisitive out of this horrific that the weather is not freezing...It, at least, provides natural warmth for all of those who must now live outside 'somewhere'...until they are able to be moved 'somewhere else'...This is not a place for anyone who isn't extremely healthy, strong and willing to help protect both the victims of the earthquake and the providers who are trying so hard to help them.


    January 16, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  100. Maurinda Andre

    Dear Josh,

    Can you please mention that the devastation is not only in the city of Port-Au-Prince...the neighboring suburbs, especially Carrefour, are not receiving any help. My family have been trying to get a crew of men for the last couple of days to Rue Sanfil to aide my 96 year old Grandfather who is stuck under some rubble. We receive maybe one phone call a day stating that the structure is too heavy and they need help. His location is:

    Rue Sanfil 158

    Thank you,
    The Andre Family

    January 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm |
  101. Maurinda Andre

    To Tom,

    Did it ever occur to you that the 100,000 some odd people that are missing includes the military and police. It's not that the Haitian Government is not doing anything to help My people, it may just be the news media only sheds light on their participation in this crisis.


    January 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  102. Muin

    Organizations like Red Cross and Clinton foundation ought to have media blitz to raise funds for Haiti. I think at least 50 million people can afford to give $10.

    January 16, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  103. suzanne Chute

    While the US A and others are busy organizing their relief for over 4 days, people are dying.
    Why aren't they and why haven't they been air dropping water and food . The excuse is they don't want to cause a mob scene or riot. IF they had several air drops at the same time in several places, not every person would be swarming to the same spot . And if there was a mob scene , it is better than dying from lack of water and food. With 90 degree temperatures and no shelter, relief has taken too long.
    Maybe it wouldn't be the best or most organized distribution but something is better than nothing. Time was and is of the essence.

    January 17, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  104. Barbara L. N.C.

    Thank you so much for keeping us up to date on what is going on in Haiti. It is so hard to watch but we need to do whatever we can to help.
    I work with special needs adults and they want to help in some way. They are some of the most caring and giving people that I have ever met. We are starting a fund raiser at work on Tuesday .

    "I am only one, but still I am one.
    I cannot do everything, but I can still do something.
    And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."
    –Edward Everett Hale

    January 17, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  105. James Burns

    Kyra we truly appreciate your coverage of our news as it happens.
    Please pass this message on to Retired Commander Russel Honore.Please consider using Fire & Resuce Air Bags placed under slabs/rubble that are pinning suvivors in Haiti. I know you are well aware of there strength and abalities. Seems like they would be of great help at this time.

    James Burns

    January 18, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  106. rich sottilaro

    Wow!!!1 The US has no portable hospitals in place 6 days after this huge disaster??? As the person being interviewed "ashamed to be an American". Looks like the response is falling in line with New Orleans!!
    Pathetic at best!!


    January 18, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  107. Vanessa

    I am not sure where to post this, so I will post it here. I was just watching cnn with Kyra Phillips talking to Elizabeth Cohen. In this segment, Elizabeth Cohen basically said that America was doing NOTHING to help the relief efforts in haiti. She even interviewed a man who said that he was embarassed to be an American because of our "slow response". Well I couldn't disagree more! I live in Norfolk, VA with my fiance who is in the U.S. Navy. Wthin hours of the earthquake, he was preparing to leave to go help in the relief efforts. He left the morning after the earthquake, along with thousands of other soldiers in this area. Norfolk has sent 3 ships to Haiti, and will send another one this Thursday. Thousands of families in Norfolk are without fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters right now......because they went to help! As an elementary school teacher, more than half of my students had tough weeks last week because their fathers or mothers left on a boat to Haiti. The sacrafice that these men and women who serve our country, along with the sacrafice that these families make, is huge! And while they are not coming with medical supplies and medical machines, they are still coming and they are still helping! The Hampton Roads area seems to be a ghost town now, because we have so many men and women in Haiti right now. This makes me very proud to be an American, very proud of my fiance, and very pleased with the immense response of the U.S. Navy.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  108. dwrome

    There's a dock 85 miles away from Port-au-Prince large enough for giant cruise ships functioning at Labadee. Why don't we appropriate that for relief supplies on ships?

    January 18, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  109. Sally Aldinger

    URGENT to CNN: Please try to coordinate getting the patients from the Haitian clinic from which Elizabeth Cohen is reporting to the USS Carl Vincent. There are doctors and beds available on the ship, as CNN has reported, and patients desperately in need of hospital care at the clinic. This is a national disgrace! PLEASE do what you can.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  110. Connie

    Kyra – thank you for showing the good work being done by the Israelis. It is wonderful that they do such humane and needed work in such dire circumstances. We need to take lessons. They come from half way around the world and are up and running a clean full service medical facility – we are still trying to figure out how to get there with workable supplies from only an hour and a half away.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  111. Salum

    I was just watching you, Kyra Phillips, talking to Elizabeth Cohen. In this segment, Elizabeth Cohen basically said that America was not doing enough in setting up hospitals on the ground to help the relief efforts in Haiti. The Israelis came and were able to do it in just days. I think there is a serious lack of organization and it should be focus of the news now. Survivors are dying after long battle for lack of proper medical treatment. It is an acceptable.

    January 18, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  112. kenrick liburd

    This is Strategic Genocide. We are coming up on one week tomorrow and just Israel has operating hospital functioning in Haiti. This is Genocide against the children the future builders of Haiti. Doctor’s neglecting their responsibility and walking away from their duties in Haiti that they went their to do. Like the EMT”S in New York that left that pregnant Black woman to die in the coffee shop. This disrespect for life by these doctors is a disgrace to the Belgium Government. Maybe the News reports are not reporting correctly. I just know what they are reporting. I believe This is a man made earthquake. This earth quake has been created , manipulated and developed from man’s Technology. Just as man created this financial economic disaster. Man’s technology is being used in a corruptive manner. 8 years of Clinton,8 years of Bush Jr. and 8 years of Bush Sr.. 24 years and there is nothing in Haiti to talk about. Not enough hospitals, One big Port, inadequate housing, poor engineering and buildings and on and on. So what are they going to do now. Clinton just has one year as U.N unvoy to Haiti. And how can Bush after all the money missed spent on his war come to the American people with out shame and asks for money for his and Clinton foundation. This is about money and business. The rich and powerful of the world doesn’t care about Haiti. Yes the common man is compassionate and feels and sees the pain of the Haitian in this disaster. This is the only place in the Caribbean that this could be staged. Obama is playing both sides of the fence. He is the President but there has been powers in place long before he got there.

    January 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  113. Curtis

    This morning you reported on the wasted corneas and other unusable medical supplies that have been sent to Haiti. Did these represent [free] donations, or were they purchased with donated funds? Who is making the decisions about exactly what to send? Might someone be benefitting financially by dumping these inappropriate materials?

    January 19, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  114. Larry,Monroe N.C.

    Dear Tony H. or whoever might be anchoring the show at this presnt time,,I have tried sending a couple of comments prior to this one,I'm just not quite sure they are getting through because I have never heard or seen one of my comments on the show,,Well Anyway,,,I just wanted to say I am by far no rocket scientist or brain-sergeon but you would think that if the ports all==re all damaged the way they are and the streets are almost impossible to move around on that they or who-ever is in charge of the operation over there in Haiti would come to some sort of solution as to figuring out how to fill those huge containers up on those cargo ships in a way that you could pick them up with a large enough helicopter and fly them things in to whatever areas they needed them and load them in a way that when they were set on the groung and opened up certain things would be right there to be taken off first in a uniform or controlled manner ,,I don't know it was just a thought anyway,,, I guess it is easy to back a couple of thousand miles away and give my opinios,,I personally thoink that everyone over there is doing an outstandig job considering the conditions and what they are having to work and deal with...If it were possible I would go and help out myself,,,,I have been in the roofing and costruction business all my life,,,,but anyway hopefully the little bit of money Ican send from time to time will help out just as good for the time- being..... God Bless ALL Ya'll Be Safe, GOD-SPEED

    January 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  115. Barbara Johnson

    I am always amazed at the religious people who receive 'press' show utter disrespect to our President and to those who are attempting to do all they can in a situation like this.

    Kenwick...How do you know what is up and running and what is or is not being done in Haiti?. You blast the media and then you report for them from wherever you are with the authority of none.

    Your disrespect and self-righteous religious fervor are quite out of 'sync' with the situation which exists in Haiti...

    The sadness we all feel DOES make us behave in different ways, but for some reason...those who are of the fundamentalist religion seem to begin hurling stones and the rest of us when things become difficult...Why is that I wonder?


    January 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  116. Valerie

    He is doing a great Job!! It takes time to come and clean up and get things back on track 8 years of .....

    January 20, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  117. Barbara Johnson

    The positives from the horrific negative ot this devastating earthquake are multiplying on a daily basis as the discoveries of the determined survivors are made. Here is the determination of the human spirit which motivates a person to refuse to give up on themselves. It is extremely sad that we have been unable to 'know' where other survivors are...and to assist them before they perish. What an amazing example of perseverance on both the part of the victim and of those who rescue them. The other joy which is now beginning to take hold is the vision of the tiny babies deplaning from the C17 in the arms of those who are giving them new homes. The adoptees whose 'red tape paper work' was 'lost' in the orphanage...The women there who knew who belonged to whom...and because of their own diligence contacted the parents...who contacted the hospital, thus the Senator and the 'red tape' was destroyed resulting in homes for these unbelievably precious babies...THIS is the evidence of our God...It doesn't come out of a book...It comes from the actions of loving, caring, vigilant people who know what they can do...and do it!


    January 20, 2010 at 11:16 am |