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Jan 13, 2010 12:56 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Haiti death toll estimate: 500,000

Leading Haitian senator: Deaths may reach 500,000 based on destruction, but no firm figures.

The country is completely overwhelmed by the destruction and death from Tuesday's 7.0 earthquake. Hospitals collapsed, the national palace is in ruins--seemingly no buildings escaped unscathed.

The UN says the main prison in Haiti's capital has collapsed, with reports of escaped inmates.

The US and other nations are rushing aide to the devastated Caribbean island nation, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.

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