Haiti: shops and banks back in business

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Haiti: shops and banks back in business

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The quake-damaged port in the Haitian capital has partially reopened, allowing another avenue through which aid can arrive to the flattened city and its desperate population.

Aid is flowing into the country, but distributing it is still causing problems for troops and aid workers.

Violence and looting appears to be on the wane as more US troops arrive to help provide security.

Banks are due to reopen later today, giving most Haitians their first access to cash since the quake hit.

Some shops have now opened again operating a credit system.

Waves of Haitians are now leaving the crushed capital as 100,000 make their way to a tented village just north of Port-au-Prince.

And ground is being levelled in preparation for a massive rebuilding programme.

As many as 1.5 million people were left dispossessed by the quake that claimed the lives of an estimated 200,000 victims.