A highlight from Saturday's Earthquake Creates Another Hardship For Haitians To Deal With


Neighborhood dot org search and rescue teams in. Haiti are pulling people out of collapsed. Churches schools hospitals and prisons officials. There say almost thirteen hundred people died in an earthquake that hit on saturday. At least fifty. Seven hundred people are hurt and unfortunately these are early numbers. Npr's jason bogan is in the capital port-au-prince just as haiti was beginning to emerge from the shock of the brutal presidential assassination. Last month the nation has been thrust into another crisis. Officials declared a new nationwide state of emergency due to the quake as efforts continued to rescue the trapped. Treat the injured in aid. The homeless jury chandler. The head of the office of civil protection for haiti says the needs right now are vast but he says the first priority is getting medical care for people who had buildings collapsed on top of them. We have a lot of trauma patients that are still not attended a lot of the hospitals that are in the region that was affected of or either overrun or affecting themselves. Structurally so they are limited in terms of capacity in terms of services that they can provide roads into the city of jeremy about two hundred miles by road from the capital were cut off by the quake cleared. And then blocked again by mudslides triggered by aftershocks. Even some residents in port-au-prince said they slept in their car. Saturday night as smaller quakes caused walls to sway and floors to wobble chandler's getting supplies into the hardest hit region is the biggest challenge right now. Goods are being shipped by boat in small planes and helicopters on loan from the dominican republic. And the us sending supplies by truck from the capitalist complicated not just by the quake damage but because gang violence has made the main road to the south of the country. Incredibly dangerous chandler says the gangs appeared to have backed off postquake. he doesn't know if this is for humanitarian reasons but over the weekend chandler was able to get one convoy of trucks through the section of road. That's notorious for hijackings. So up until now i can see that a the ruled should be possible in is possible that being said we're still not putting all our eggs in one basket. We are using boots. We are using the helicopters in the airplanes as much as possible but also right now we can say that the road is open. More search and rescue personnel are arriving to help clear collapsed building sites. A team of sixty five from fairfax county. Virginia were deployed on sunday. medical aid. groups are rushing to help the overwhelmed hospitals. The un is planning for the distribution of food and water at least temporarily this latest quake struck in a region far less populated than the devastating two thousand ten quake which killed roughly two hundred thousand people in and around the capital port-au-prince but it's the same part of the country that was ravaged by hurricane. Matthew in two thousand sixteen newly-installed prime minister ariel on re toward the region. Yesterday he met with aid workers and people waiting to get wounds bandaged outside a hospital. In sky at a press conference on reappraise the haitians who came to their neighbors aid immediately. After the quake. Our view of your. We're living in a difficult time. This is the moment for all of us night. Tip greater national unity a greater solidarity with the people affected the most by this crisis. Let's forget our quarrels and let's help those. Who have the most difficulties right now. And for haitians. Those difficulties seem to just keep coming. Jason bobi an

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