Despair has turned to violence on the streets of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince as locals show their anger at the lack of aid getting through to the earthquake-hit Caribbean island.
Looters scoured collapsed buildings in the hope of finding food and water and reportedly ransacked a warehouse belonging to the UN’s World Food Programme.
As starving survivors from Tuesday’s tremor scrap and scavenge among the rubble for food and water, dead bodies remain strewn across the city’s dusty streets, increasing the risk of disease.
In the absence of a coordinated rescue effort, islanders themselves are continuing the search for survivors and clearing away the corpses of the dead.
Meanwhile, Cuba put its differences with Washington to one side on Friday in allowing US forces to use its airspace to begin its rescue operations.
Humaritarian groups estimate some 50,000 people have died in the disaster with as many as 3 million injured.
The UN says the international community has pledged some 180 millions euros (270 million dollars) to help the victims of the quake.