The Haiti earthquake, on top of the Haitian toll, has the United Nations confronting the largest single loss of life for its own personnel in its 65-year history.
How does the expected Haiti earthquake death toll compare to other natural disasters in recent history?
A Monitor reporter at the Haiti-Dominican border hears from the Red Cross about priorities and a situation that "exceeded our imagination."
After the Haiti earthquake, which US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton estimates affected 3 million people, President Obama pledged $100 million in US assistance. Aid groups say food, medicine and "tents and more tents" are needed. Getting the port up and running and roads open are also top priority.
The lack of coordination, duplication of effort and mismanagement of resources that often plagues relief efforts will be avoided this time, according to Michael Delaney, director of humanitarian assistance for Oxfam America.
The Haiti earthquake destroyed thousands of homes and the Haitian government is warning that "hundreds of thousands" could be dead. But death tolls are frequently inaccurate in the immediate aftermath of such disasters.
After the Haiti earthquake, the US announced it would halt all deportations to Haiti.
Group's like Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti and the Red Cross are offering services in which you can donate $5 or $10 for Haiti relief efforts just by sending a text message from your cellphone. But watch out for scams.
The United Nation's is saying the head of the UN mission in Haiti is missing along with other key personnel after Tuesday's earthquake. There is mounting concern about the loss of some of the most experienced aid workers in Haiti at a time when they're needed most.
Hip Hop artist Wyclef Jean is urging people to donate $5 to his Haitian charity, Yéle Haiti, by texting "YELE" to 501501. (The donation will be automatically charged to your cellphone bill.) His is one of many Haiti earthquake relief efforts underway.
Haiti was in the top 10 countries receiving US aid in 1998, but by 2008 conflict-ridden countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan topped it.
To contribute to Haiti earthquake relief, here is a sampling of reputable charities responding to the crisis.
In the wake of last night's 7.0 earthquake in the island nation, the Internet video site is posting some of the only footage immediately available.