Saturday, January 16, 2010

Agony and despair in Haiti

An estimated 100.000 people are missing in Haiti, says the latest assessment of the United Nations relief organization, where scores of its own staff were buried under the rubbles when a strong eathquake hit the country Tuesday, CNN News said in a report.

Media reports said there is too much chaos and despair as can be gleaned from the faces of people, whose families and properties were among those buried under the concrete slabs of crashing buildings and houses.

CNN footages showed thousands of corpses lying unattended on the pavements and on the streets of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti's capital. Governement officials and relief workers have expressed fears that should this take longer, it could be possible that diseases may crop up as decaying corpses may contaminate the air.

As this writing, almost all the basic needs of the people like food, water, medicines, blankets, are scarcely available. Relief organizations are having problems delivering goods because roads leading to the sites of destruction are impassable at the moment. Although, it was already announced that a US Coast Guard cutter is on its way to Haiti, the first one to heed the call, to help in the rescue efforts and to brings relief goods to earthquake victims in Haiti.

President Obama has directed the US Agency for International Development (USAID), headed by by Dr. Rajiv Shah, to lead the relief efforts in Haiti, where the US government has committed some $100 million in emergency assistance to earthquake victims. While the United Nations has contributed a total of $10 million in emergency aid to Haiti.

As rescue and relief efforts are being made, the international communities are gearing up to lend support to help in whatever way they could as this time when Haiti is in terrible shape. At the moment, dead bodies are just being hauled by a payloader and dump them into a mass grave.
As this developed, rescue teams from different countries are trying their best to find those tucked under the concrete rubbles, using highly trained sniffing dogs. But the absense of electricity are making it doubly difficult for rescuers to do their jobs more easily and efficiently, reports said.

In fact, the Direct Relieft International has geared to ship out tons of relief goods and medicines to Haiti as its response to the worst disaster that already killed at least 50,000 Haitians and other nationalities there.

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