As we did on Tuesday and Wednesday, The Lede is continuing to follow news of the rescue effort in Haiti, where a 7.0 magnitude earthquake has caused death and destruction that has been difficult for Haitians and observers outside the country to assess, because of severe damage to the local communications infrastructure. To supplement the work of our colleagues — including Simon Romero’s reporting from Haiti — The Lede is tracking news coverage on the Web. We are also looking for personal accounts posted online and are asking readers to help draw our attention to any news and first-hand accounts they come across. Our Times Topics team has produced an overview of the week’s events so far.
Update | 2:14 p.m. A post on Google’s official blog shows recent satellite images of two parts of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, taken before and after Tuesday’s earthquake — the first shows the presidential palace, the second another badly area of the city:
Update | 2:00 p.m. In the last hour Frederic Dupoux filed these updates on Twitter from Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince:
stopping at a hot spot. just came back from the streets. people are fighting over water food and meds.
only saw 2 open pharmacies today by the general hospital, and they are overly crowded.
Grande Rue is a nightmare. Only a few houses are still standing.
I witnessed a few man digging out a 3 month old baby from a house alive with no medical help around.
someone asked me for adi brisson last night i saw him he’s fine but lost his house