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Aid to Haitians getting through, but big problems remain

Aid to Haitians getting through, but big problems remain
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Fears of violence and looting in earthquake devastated Haiti are easing as aid finally starts to filter through to survivors.

Despite that, desperation among Haitians to get supplies is acute and there are still huge problems in getting relief to victims.

Along with food and water, medical care, handling of corpses and shelter continue to be the top priorities.

The main port in the capital is reportedly a free for all with little control over aid distribution.

For some, the disaster has been made worse by Haiti’s existing problems. US human rights activist Jesse Jackson said: ‘‘You know in 1989, a 7.0 earthquake hit San Francisco, 63 people died. 7.0 hit Haiti, 200,000 plus are estimated to have died. So poverty is a big factor as the earthquake itself.’‘

Across the Island troops are scaling up efforts to get the basics to victims. Around 12,000 US military personnel are on the ground with promises of further peacekeepers expected.

The UN says aid distribution points have been set up to get deliveries out to Haitians as quickly as possible.

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