In his first interview since the earthquake, Haitian president René Préval said the country was destroyed and he believed there were thousands of people dead. “Parliament has collapsed. The tax office has collapsed. Schools have collapsed. Hospitals have collapsed,” he said. “There are a lot of schools that have a lot of dead people in them.”

Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters.

7.0 earthquake rocks the island of Haiti. Millions have been affected by this devastating disaster.