The search for survivors continues at Haiti’s iconic Montana Hotel. It is believed that about 200 people are still missing under the rubble. The hotel was also home to some UN workers.
An American man underneath the collapsed hotel was rescued after the French search team who found him took serious action. One of the rescuers described what happened: “We needed to cut his leg to extract him from the rubble. So we cut his leg, and after we extracted him.”
International teams continue to arrive in Haiti, increasing the number of rescuers, as well as bringing much-needed aid and equipment. America has said it may send as many as 10,000 troops.
It is estimated that half of all the buildings in Port-au-Prince collapsed, so searching for trapped survivors is slow and painstaking work. One American rescue worker said: ““We’ve been here for roughly 48 or 50 hours. We’ve rescued 3 people since we’ve been here.”
It is a race against time to find anyone still trapped under destroyed buildings. Video cameras, listening devices and search dogs are all being used to reach those under the rubble. There are still people being found alive.
The devastated infrastructure remains a serious problem in getting aid to survivors. People have been looting and clamouring for food and water. There are fears of a massive humanitarian disaster if survivors cannot get the help they need.