It is from the air that you get an overall sense of the destruction inflicted on Haiti and the task now facing international search and rescue teams.
Crews are now on the ground with specialist equipment.
But the clock is ticking to find those who may still be alive and the scale of the disaster means their resources are spread thinly.
It means many Haitians are still having to make do on their own and some locals have accused outside helpers of concentrating their efforts on hotels and international areas where foreigners may have been staying.
The Caribbean island’s most solid structures were not made to withstand such a quake, but there are stories of hope. In one case Chilean UN peacekeepers rescued a young girl who had been trapped for two days under the rubble.