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First American death in Haiti confirmed

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A State Department official has confirmed at least one American was killed in Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Haiti.

At least 164 U.S. citizens have been evacuated, including 42 officials and another 72 private citizens who were airlifted to safety by the Coast Guard.

Another 370 Americans are due to fly out Thursday.

An estimated 45,000 Americans were living in Haiti at the time of the earthquake. A few had contacted American authorities in the early hours after the disaster.

President Barack Obama spoke Thursday morning to address current relief efforts, which already include providing water and medicine, as well as search and rescue efforts and airlifts for the injured.

The U.S. government is investing $100 million for relief effort and Obama predicts that amount would grow in the future.

Obama pledged to Haitians "you will not be forsaken" and assured that American and the world is standing with them.

 

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