Reviews : Haiti Hit By Aftershock As Rescue Continues

Haiti has been hit by a "strongly felt" aftershock measuring 6.1 in magnitude and terrifying survivors.
The tremor occured at 6am local time and was strong enough to send survivors running into the streets in terror, though there are no reports of further injuries.

US scientists monitoring the region said the shock's epicentre was 35 miles south-west of the capital Port-au-Prince and six miles underground.

Soldiers who arrived on Tuesday have spread out from the capital to towns such as Leogane to the west and Jacmel on the southern coast to both guard and distribute aid. As well as securing the overrun city hospital, they also aim to reopen the seaport in Port-au-Prince so fuel and supplies can be brought in by ship. They also plan to open additional runways to speed up the delivery of aid.


Questions are being asked why aid is still not being more widely distributed a week after the quake. Doctors Without Borders said its cargo plane with 12 tons of medical supplies had been turned away from the congested airport three times since Sunday and that five patients had subsequently died.

Sky's chief correspondent, Stuart Ramsay, travelled to the dangerous slum of Solidad to watch one failed aid drop.
He was told Haiti could be hit with food riots by the end of the week.

The World Food Program said 270,000 people had received emergency food assistance by Monday night. "We are looking at having 10 million ready-to-eat rations going out in the course of the coming week," WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella said. World Vision spokesman Steve Matthews defended the aid distribution.

"The aid is never fast enough for the armchair aid workers sipping their lattes," said Mr Matthews. "Despite the slowness, aid is flowing. Things are happening. We understand the race against time. Everyone's working 16-hour days. Critics want a two-hour movie with a happy ending."

Between 100,000 and 200,000 people are believed to have died from last week's massive quake. The UN Security Council has agreed to add 2,000 UN troops and 1,500 police to the 9,000-member peacekeeping mission in Haiti.

Around 12,000 US military personnel are on the ground while 52 rescue teams from around the world are searching collapsed buildings for bodies and survivors. Some 90 people have already been pulled from the debris.

The UN says the security situation remains "stable" with only sporadic outbreaks of looting and violence. Meanwhile, Coldplay, Bono and Sting are among a galaxy of stars lined up for a global Hope For Haiti telethon this week.

More than 100 stars from music, TV and film have signed up to help raise funds for the two-hour show, called Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief.

It is due to air commercial-free across a series of networks including MTV, VH1, CNN and HBO at 1am GMT on Saturday.

Source: skynews.com

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