President Obama on Thursday pledged $100 million from the U.S. government to assist victims of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, the New York Times reports
. In an emotional address, Obama said the $100 million would only be a beginning, and that the government would increase payments in the coming months.
"I want to speak directly to the people of Haiti," Obama said. "You will not be forsaken, you will not be forgotten," he said. "In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you."
There have been few official counts of the dead, but the Red Cross estimated Thursday that the toll was around 45,000-50,000. The main morgue in Port-au-Prince is completely full, and bodies have been stacked up and abandoned outside.
"It's important that everyone in Haiti understands this," Obama said. "More American search and rescue teams are coming. More food, more water."