In the wake of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama has pledged to send $100 million in immediate relief aid to the devastated Caribbean nation, according to CNN.
"To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken," Obama said. "You will not be forgotten. In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you. The world stands with you."
Obama's relief pledge is part of a major worldwide effort mirroring that undertaken after the 2004 tsunami hit multiple countries in Southeast Asia.
International aid groups such as the Red Cross scrambled to send assistance to a country that was already impoverished before the quake hit, turning much of the island, including the capital city of Port-au-Prince, into rubble and leaving many homeless. The Red Cross estimated that about 3 million Haitians have been affected by the disaster - a figure equivalent to a third of the island's population.
U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton said the coming 24 hours would be "critical to save those lives that can be saved."
As survivors continue to search the debris for people that may still be trapped, there has yet to be a precise death toll, but Haitian President Rene Preval told reporters the quake may have killed as many as 50,000 people.
Haitian-Americans spent the past several days struggling to reach their family and friends in Haiti, though telecommunications networks on the island have been severely disrupted by the quake. Some were able to use social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter to find out about the situation of their loved ones; others prayed.
The State Department has opened a program to allow people with U.S. cell phones to donate $10 to the Red Cross relief effort by texting "HAITI" to 90999. Clinton said $3 million dollars have already been raised through the text donations.
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