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US to impose order on overwhelmed Haitian airport

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US to impose order on overwhelmed Haitian airport


Haiti’s fractured government has handed over control of the country’s main airport to the United States to impose order on the sheer volume of air traffic flying into Port-au-Prince.

Waves of civilian and military planes poured into Haiti following Tuesday quake overwhelming the airport and filling the skies with aid flights unable to land.

The commander of the US relief force in Haiti is Lieutenant General Ken Keen :

“ My message to the people of Haiti is that we need a safe and secure environment to be at our most effective so we can to deliver these humanitarian relief supplies. I plead with them that they work to that end and that will be in the interests of everybody.”

The US rapid response unit is already in action handing out aid around the airport and helicopters are in the air carrying emergency supplies to stricken survivors.

However, the extent of the destruction is severely hampering the relief operation.

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