Haiti Earthquake Relief: Resources and how to help
"All of the hospitals are packed with people. It is a catastrophe."
-- President Rene' Pre'val of Haiti
Buildings and infrastructure in Port-au-Prince suffered extensive damage, while basic services, including water and electricity are near the brink of collapse. The full extent of casualties, is still unknown, Mr. Ban told reporters in New York.
"There is no doubt that we are facing a major humanitarian emergency and that a major relief effort will be required," he said.
Expressing gratitude to nations rushing aid to the earthquake's victims, he called for the world to "come to Haiti's aid in this hour of need."
The UN, he said, is also mobilizing an emergency response team to help coordinate humanitarian relief efforts and is expected to be on the ground shortly.