Haitian diplomat: Too soon to estimate casualties

7:55 AM, Jan 13, 2010   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Haitian ambassador to the United States says "there is no way of estimating" the casualties from the devastating earthquake that struck the island nation.

In an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," Ambassador Raymond Joseph said "I'm quite sure we're going to face a disaster of major proportion." Asked what the Haitians most need at the present time, Joseph replied that "a hospital ship off the coast of Haiti is a must for us right now."

Joseph said that while it's too soon to say how many people perished in Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude quake, he also said, "Thank God that it was after hours." The ambassador noted that a lot of employees had left office buildings before the quake struck.

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