Haitians are just beginning to asses the damages after a 7.0 earthquake hit that region yesterday.

The United States and global humanitarian agencies said they would to begin administering aid on Wednesday amid fears that impoverished Haiti, already afflicted with human misery, was facing nothing short of a catastrophe.

No estimate of the dead and wounded was given Tuesday evening, but the U.S. State Department had been told to expect “serious loss of life,” spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters in Washington.

The grim list of Tuesday’s destruction included the U.N. peacekeeper compound, a five-story building where about 250 people work every day.

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