As more details of the disaster and devastation began to emerge, world leaders reacted quickly to offer their “unwavering support.”
US President Barack Obama said: “the reports and images that we’ve seen of collapsed hospitals and crumbled homes, and men and women carrying their injured neighbours through the streets are truly heartwrenching. Indeed, for a country and a people who are no strangers to hardship and suffering, this tragedy seems especially cruel and incomprehensible”
A minute of silence was observed at the UN headquarters in New York in memory of the victims.
Speaking in French as a sign of solidarity, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon described it as “a tragedy for Haiti, for the Haitian people and the United Nations.”
In France, Haiti’s former colonial power, many migrants faced an anxious wait for information from their country.
Paris’ 13th quarter is home to many migrants,
“I’ve been waiting for news from my brothers, sisters and friends. All the family is worried,” said a Haitian shopkeeper who gave his name as Mr Decius.
New York is also home to a large Haitian community. Radio Soleil DJ Ricot Dupuy says it’s a tragedy of unimaginable proportion.
“There’s no single Haitian here in the United States that is not directly, immediately impacted by this, all of us, every single one of us has some family member that either has been killed or severely hurt in this,” he said.