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Jan 14, 2010 9:42 AM by Brooke Hart, NBC

Earthquake survivors remain stunned, and searching

The pictures are hard to see, devastation almost incomprehensible in Haiti, whole blocks of Port-Au-Prince are destroyed.

Victims were piled up on the streets, survivors carried around the injured, with nowhere to go.

Hospitals are crushed and desperation is everywhere.

"There is no help, there is no hospital, no electricity, nothing, no phone, no food, no water, nothing," said one resident.

The United States is taking the lead in getting help to Haiti.

President Barack Obama said, "Haitians are neighbors of the Americas and here at home. So we have to be there for them in their hour of need."

The U.S.S. Carl Vinson was deployed.

Army aircraft and Marines are all heading to Haiti today.

His house barely standing, Haiti's President Rene Preval spoke to NBC's Brian Williams.

"I know that the money of the people of the U.S. and I thank them for this gesture," said Preval.

Haitian Americans gathered in Washington and in New York holding vigil for millions caught in a cruel disaster.

 

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