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Haitians Dig Themselves Out as Damage Slows Outside Aid

Post by Piper on Thu Jan 14, 2010 11:56 pm

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Haitians took recovery efforts into their own hands Thursday as aid workers trickled into the quake-battered capital where impassable roads, damaged docks and clogged airstrips slowed the arrival of critically needed assistance.

Using chisels, blowtorches and bare hands, one group of Haitians worked for 24 hours to free a man pinned under a collapsed school; still others -- possibly including students -- were trapped inside.

Across town, an 11-year-old girl pleaded for water and screamed in pain as a group of people painstakingly tried to lift a piece of metal off her right leg. After sunset, they managed to set her free.

Those scenes of Haitians banding together to free their neighbors played out across the capital while the few rescue crews who managed to make it into the hillside city came face-to-face with the death and destruction caused by the massive quake.

The stench of corpses wafted in the air after two days under the hot sun, and throughout the city people covered their faces to block the odor.

At one of the city's cemeteries, people were opening old crypts and shoving the corpses of quake victims into them before resealing them, CNN's Anderson Cooper reported.

As night fell on the streets of Port-au-Prince, there were signs of progress. CNN correspondent Chris Lawrence watched as workers loaded bodies of quake victims, which had been piled on the sides of roads, into the basket of a front-loader tractor. It deposited them into blood-stained dump trucks lining the street.


Roads leading from the port city's dock into town were buckled about 5 feet high, and large cargo ships couldn't tie up at the damaged port. Rubble-strewn roads, downed trees and a battered communications network hampered humanitarian groups trying to get supplies to victims, and thousands of people left homeless by Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude quake roamed the streets.

Raymond Joseph, the Haitian ambassador to the United States, said Thursday that the priority of arriving military personnel will be to clear the roads.

U.S. flights into the Port-au-Prince airport were grounded several times Thursday because ramp space was too crowded, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration said. As of Thursday afternoon, 34 planes were on the ground in Haiti and up to 12 planes were in a holding pattern waiting to land, an FAA official said. One problem, the official said, is the lack of resources to unload planes on the ground.

"We don't have enough water, we don't have enough medical supplies, we don't have enough blankets," Dave Toycen, president of World Vision and a 35-year veteran of disaster response, told "Larry King Live." "People aren't getting the help they need and it's just unacceptable."

CNN's Cooper came across the family of a 28-year-old woman named Brigitte Jean Baptiste, on their way to the cemetery. They were pushing a wheelbarrow with a coffin carrying her body precariously balanced on top of it. The woman was pulled from the rubble alive Thursday morning, but her family couldn't find a doctor to treat her.

"She could have been saved, but we didn't find any help," a family member said.




God help these people. They have suffered so much. The destruction alone from the 4 hurricanes they endured in 2008. Now this, unbelievable.



http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/14/haiti.earthquake/index.html
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Post by Piper on Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:10 am

The enormous number of victims and casualties is just mind boggling. It so heartbreaking to watch. Sad
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Post by Julie on Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:04 am

Powerful magnitude 6.1 aftershock hits Haiti


Temblor strikes as U.S. announces plan to send additional ships to area


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A powerful 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Wednesday morning, shaking buildings and sending screaming people running into the streets only eight days after the country's capital was devastated by an apocalyptic quake.





http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34928950/ns/world_news-haiti_earthquake/?gt1=43001

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Post by Julie on Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:21 am

Strong aftershock rattles Haitians

January 20, 2010 -- Updated 1458 GMT (2258 HKT)



http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/01/20/haiti.earthquake/

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