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AID flows into haiti

By unknown | Jan 22, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PORT-AU-PRINCE - The search for survivors of Haiti's killer earthquake has started to wind down as rescue teams begin pulling back and aid, though more plentiful, is still not enough.

A poor country before the 7-magnitude quake destroyed its capital city Port-au-Prince on January 12 and killed an estimated 200000 people, Haiti now looks to the world for basic sustenance.

The strong 5,9 tremor that hit on Wednesday sent alarmed Haitians running away from buildings and walls but did not appear to cause any major new destruction or to slow the international relief effort.

Sensitive to appearances the United States was taking too forceful a role, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday the White House was being "very careful" to work with the Haitian government and the United Nations.

The UN praised Dominican Republic for setting up a humanitarian aid corridor from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince and sending 150 UN troops to join a Peruvian contingent of UN blue helmets to protect the area.

US Marines brought ashore bulldozers, mechanical diggers and trucks on a beach at Neply village, west of Port-au-Prince, from warships anchored offshore. Pack-laden troops on the beach handed out food rations and set up temporary shelters for the homeless.

The USNS Comfort arrived in Haitian waters with its hospital and advanced surgical units. About 12000 US military personnel are in Haiti and on ships offshore. The UN is adding 2000 troops and 1500 police to the 9000-member peacekeeping mission in Haiti. - Reuters


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