'Difficult to coordinate aid'

PARIS - Haiti's President Réne Préval said emergency teams faced difficulties coordinating the huge deliveries of aid reaching his quake-stricken country, in comments to French radio yesterday.

PARIS - Haiti's President Réne Préval said emergency teams faced difficulties coordinating the huge deliveries of aid reaching his quake-stricken country, in comments to French radio yesterday.

Help came "very fast," but "the problem now is coordination. Aid is arriving and we are not prepared to receive it. When it arrives, the question is: where are the trucks to transport it, where are the depots?" he told RFI station.

The 7-magnitude earthquake devastated the country on January 12. Some officials have estimated that up to 200000 are dead.

"The aid is going to keep growing. It is the coordination of the aid, knowing how much, when and how to distribute it, that is important," he said.

He said he hoped international aid would continue to support Haiti "in the medium and long term", while "political stability and democracy are the fundamental conditions to developing the country."

Pr éval took power in 2004 after former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced out in a revolt.

Meanwhile, a 6,1-magnitude aftershock jolted Haiti yesterday, eight days after a stronger earthquake devastated the Caribbean country, the US Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from Wednesday's quake. - Sapa-AFP

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