"We have already collected around 50,000 dead bodies. We anticipate there will be between 1,00,000 and 2,00,000 dead in total, although we will never know the exact number," interior minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aime is quoted as saying in a news agency report.
Three-quarters of the capital, Port-au-Prince, will need to be rebuilt, the authorities informed.
If the casualty and damage figures turn out to be right then the Tuesday, Jan 12 Haiti earthquake would make a place for itself in the top ten deadliest earthquakes seen in history.
Reports on the situation in the Caribbean country paint a grim picture.
There are reports of desperation turning into violence in the disaster torn country as gangs of robbers prey on survivors living in the makeshift camps.