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problems facing rescue workers in Haiti


The rescue work on the ground in Haiti goes on. Euronews special correspondent, Luis Carballo and his camera crew travelled with aid workers to see and hear about the huge problems they face in their bid to save lives amongst from the carnage of the quake. He talked to Borja Miguélez of the EU Humanitarian Program ECHO.

“We are on the fifth day of this operation which according to figures is the largest in history. More than 21 countries, over 50 teams, nearly 2,000 people and nearly 200 rescue dogs are working here. There are huge difficulties because of devastation in the capital city and the access to the rest of the country.

“Then there are security problems that have forced some vital equipment to be moved away from where it is needed to avoid problems while there are risks to rescuers. For those reasons the working hours are shorter than they should be. But the effort of every one is there to see,” he explained.

The number of dead is estimated in the hundreds of thousands, those still fighting to survive is incalculable. Borja Miguélez says the focus should not be on numbers.

“I don’t think its right that we should focus so much and become obsessed with numbers. There are thousands and thousands of people affected. Some with injuries that, according to the medical teams, have not been seen in any other disaster. Unfortunately I do not think that we will ever know exactly how many people died in this earthquake,” he said.

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