United States planes are covering the tarmac at the Port-au-Prince airport. The Americans have been handed control, now the aim is to eradicate the mounting problems with distribution.
There is at least progress at the airport with supplies now landing. The focus in this devastating tragedy is now sharpest on the challenge of getting that aid to survivors and saving lives.
The Commander of the US relief force in Haiti is
Lieutenant General Ken Keen;
“The priorities is search and rescue right now, thats ongoing, getting medical assistance as quick as we can and getting relief supplies out to the needed areas as quickly as we can.”
Helicopters have been ferrying water to drop zones around the capital as aid workers have been hampered by debris and inadequate roads.
The numbers in need remain overwhelming. The task of bringing order, and quick, effective help remains daunting. The US-controlled airport, with only one runway, has become a vital hub and its role in this human tragedy cannot be underestimated.