The world struggled to rush help to Haiti this morning, fighting bottlenecks to get aid and order to desperate people scrambling to save the trapped and injured on their own, with little help from a government devastated by the earthquake. President Barack Obama announced that "one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history" is moving toward Haiti, with thousands of troops and a broad array of civilian rescue workers flying or sailing in to aid the stricken country — backed by more than $100 million in relief funds. To the Haitians, Obama promised: "You will not be forsaken." And the nascent flow of rescue workers showed some results: A newly arrived search team pulled a U.N. worker, alive, from the organization's collapsed headquarters. He stood, held up a fist in celebration, and was helped off to a hospital. Planes carrying teams from China and France, Spain and the United States landed at Port-au-Prince's airport with searchers and tons of water, food, medicine and other supplies — with more promised from around the globe. But it took six hours to unload a Chinese plane because the airport lacked the needed equipment — a hint of possible bottlenecks ahead as a global response brings a stream of relief flights to the airport, itself damaged by Tuesday's magnitude-7 earthquake. Search and rescue squads from Virginia and Iceland arrived Wednesday and some groups — from Cuba's government and Doctors Without Borders — used staff already in the country to treat victims immediately after the quake. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that "tens of thousands, we fear, are dead" and said United States and the world must do everything possible to help Haiti surmount its "cycle of hope and despair."
Haiti quake - Survivors struggle while awaiting aid
Published: Thursday, January 14th, 2010
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