Haiti rescue efforts slow as death toll rises

Organised rescue efforts in Haiti are said to be going slowly after Tuesday’s earthquake left tens of thousands dead.

The country’s President says up to 50,000 may have died, but that could be conservative. The threat of disease is also a major worry.

Desperate pleas for help can still be heard from those still trapped alive. The quake wiped out thousands of buildings, including the Presidential Palace.

The tremor, the most powerful in 200 years, struck shortly before 5pm local time on Tuesday, around 15 kilometres southwest of Port-au-Prince.

Thousands of traumatised Haitians spent a second night sleeping rough in the capital fearing further aftershocks.

Doctors are also ill-equipped to cope with the injured with limited medical facilities. With electricity and water also cut, Haiti is looking to the rest of the world for help.