The Haitian prime minister said Wednesday several hundred thousand people may have died in Haiti’s powerful earthquake.
“I hope that is not true, because I hope the people had the time to get out,” Jean-Max Bellerive told CNN.
“Because we have so much people on the streets right now, we don’t know exactly where they were living. But so many, so many buildings, so many neighborhoods totally destroyed, and some neighborhoods we don’t even see people.”
He said the population is calm as authorities try to adjust to the scope of the destruction and reach a better conclusion on how many people were killed or injured.
“With maturity, people are trying to take care of themselves in some quiet places. People are trying to help each other on the streets,” he said.