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Haitians struggle to find the dead and keep survivors alive after earthquake
Jeanne Baptiste, who lost her husband and three of her five children in the quake, lay beneath a bed cloth strung between tree branches. Her sister mopped at a ragged wound on her stomach and tried to comfort the two surviving children.
"Somebody has to help us," Baptiste said weakly.
Among the dead, the State Department announced, was Victoria J. DeLong, a cultural affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince. DeLong, who had been in Haiti less than a year, was killed when her home collapsed.
There were some victories amid the destruction.
An urban search-and-rescue team from Fairfax County pulled an Estonian security guard from the collapsed U.N. headquarters building.
The guard, identified as Tarmo Joveer, was discovered after rescuers heard scratching. Television footage showed him emerging from the rubble, pumping a fist in the air as rescuers dusted him off.
U.N. officials called it a miracle, noting that 36 other U.N. workers had been found dead, and that nearly 200 others -- including mission chief Hédi Annabi and his chief deputy, Luiz Carlos da Costa -- were still missing.
"The entire building was shaking violently," David Wimhurst, a U.N. spokesman who was in the headquarters at the time, said Thursday. "I was hanging on to furniture just to stop myself being thrown around the world, and praying that the big concrete pillar in the middle of my office would not break and bring the whole building down on me. When it subsided, the [building] . . . had collapsed."
He said he escaped out a window and down a rickety ladder.
U.S. vows aid
At the White House, President Obama pledged $100 million in aid to Haiti, to support what he called one of the largest international relief efforts in history.
Obama, flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Vice President Biden, said the rescue of Haiti's people, as well as the nation's long-term recovery, is a top U.S. priority.
The U.S. military now has a 24-hour-a-day airlift underway.