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Haiti one week after the quake

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Haiti one week after the quake

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It is now one week since a powerful earthquake wreaked widespread devastation to the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

Since then a massive international response has sent tons of food and equipment, but most of Haiti’s people are still waiting for help.

Today one fifth of the population is homeless. Ninety percent of those living in the capital Port-au Prince are sleeping on the streets. Aid is at last getting through but only slowly, making people angry.

The UN is seeking an additional 3,500 peacekeepers to protect aid handouts, while elsewhere food is being air-dropped to inaccessible areas.

But those who can are getting out. The Canadian embassy in Port-au-Prince is besieged by would-be travellers demanding visas.

The US embassy is also working overtime. Washington is temporarily allowing in orphaned Haitian children who need medical treatment.

In all the White House says more than 11,000 US military personnel are either on the ground, in ships off-shore or en route to help its shattered neighbour.