Scope Of Haiti Disaster Widens Amid Glimmers Of Hope

The latest casualty reports say the death toll from last week's earthquake in Haiti could be as high as 200,000. The European Commission also says 1.5 million people are homeless.

Meanwhile, aid to quake victims has increased, but relief workers say pockets of violence in the capital of Port-au-Prince are slowing food, water and supply deliveries.

Haitian pharmacist Raymond Saintfort says, "I simply don't understand what is taking the foreigners so long." But today dawns with new potential for reinforcements to aid in security and relief efforts. The United Nations Security Council is expected to approve additional peacekeeping forces. Some 2,000 U.S. Marines are parked offshore on ships.

U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes says some planned U.N. food distribution points are not up and running. And the U.N. World Food Program says it needs 100 million prepared meals over the next 30 days.


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  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Jan 19, 2010 at 04:57 PM
    GEEZ - because we choose to, its the right thing to do. I guess you've never dealt with teenagers with attitude, sometimes, in this case the qoute you posted, you just have to let things slide and look past it.
  • by Steve Location: G-ville on Jan 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM
    Has anyone heard if PCMH is sending any help of any kind
  • by GEEZ on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    Haitian pharmacist Raymond Saintfort says, "I simply don't understand what is taking the foreigners so long." How about you quit criticizing and just be happy people are helping you...because we do not have too.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:00 AM
    To really get an idea of the impact of this death toll, New Bern's population in July 2008: 28,586. The Craven County figure is currently 96,892(from US Census online).
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