Tonight on 360°, Anderson will be reporting live from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a city left in ruins, its two million people in crisis mode. Their lives have been shattered. Death and destruction is seemingly everywhere. Dead bodies are piled in the streets, some covered with white sheets. Other loved ones are missing and feared dead. The survivors of yesterday's massive earthquake are doing what they can to rescue those trapped in the rubble.
"No matter what street you go down in this area, there is someone trying to be rescued. There are flattened buildings with small groups of neighbors and family, literally, digging through the rubble, digging through concrete with their hands, with their fingers. Occasionally you see a shovel or pic ax or a chisel. It is slow, laborious work and it is often unsuccessful work. Many times the voices which were crying out hours ago are now silenced," Anderson reported on CNN earlier today.
"There are bodies. I don't want to say on every block, but it's every few blocks, you see a white shroud on the street corner or in the gutter. And you know it's a body, or three bodies or four bodies. Sometimes they're not even covered in shrouds. They're just laid out like that. I just saw what must have been probably a 5-year-old, a 6-year-old girl, whose body was covered by a part of a cardboard box. It is a somber sight here, " Anderson said.
There is no official death count, but the Haitian Prime Minister said today that several hundred thousand may have been killed. Meanwhile, Haitian President René Préval said, "It's too early to give a number."
But, amid the death, there are stories of survival. Anderson saw the frantic and successful work to free a 13-year-old girl, named Bea, from the wreckage of a building just about a block from the National Palace. She was trapped in the rubble since last night. They discovered her this morning and people just started digging, for hours, trying to get her out.
"You could see two of her feet. You could hear her crying out, and there was a lot of arguing about how to try to get her out. They were, literally, digging with their hands, and just an extraordinary moment, a few moments ago, they pulled her out. She's alive, she's well. Four members of her family are dead. They are piled up right outside the destroyed building that she was rescued from. But it's one small victory on a street that has seen so much misery, " Anderson said.
Darkness has now fallen on Port-au-Prince. Many people are just wandering the streets. They are homeless with nowhere to go. There is no clean water. No power. No first aid. But help is on the way. The U.S. and other countries are rushing aid to the scene.
There are ways you can help.
Just a short time ago, Anderson talked with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti. We'll have the interview for you tonight on the program.
"They're hurting, but they're good people and they need our help," Clinton said of the Haitian people.
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