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Views : Mass Graves, Millions Homeless And Hungry

Workers are carving out mass graves on a hillside north of Haiti's capital, using earth-movers to bury 10,000 earthquake victims in a single day.

At least half a million people are now living outdoors in improvised camps in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince.
The International Organisation for Migration says there are approaching 450 improvised settlements in the city alone, with many people living out in the open.
Medical clinics have 12-day backlogs in treating patients, whose untreated injuries are festering and causing a health risk, experts said.

The death toll is put at 200,000, according to Haitian government figures. The European Commission estimates 80,000 buried in mass graves, two million homeless, and 250,000 are in need of urgent aid.


Workers say the job of handling the never-ending flow of bodies is "traumatising".

More aid is getting through to desperate survivors of last week's quake - but there are complaints that some areas are being ignored by aid agencies.

The US says it is sending 4,000 sailors and marines to Haiti, adding to the 12,000 already on the ground.
Sky News' Robert Nisbet travelled to Cite Soleil, dubbed the "forgotten slum", where criminals, poverty and a lack of Western help is proving a potent mixture.
Many of the 4,000 criminals who escaped from the capital's prison when it collapsed during the quake headed back to the district's shacks.

Residents said they had not received any aid.
"We are starving to death. We can't find food. We can't find water. We can't find anything. Where is our help? Where is our help?" one women asked Nisbet.

A local police chief said: "With the gangs back on the street mixed with the people who don't have anything, the coming days may be precarious for Cite Soleil."
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates said the threat of violence would ease as aid was delivered across the country.

"Supplies are beginning to get out to the people. My hope is that as we get these trucks out on the roads with supplies and people see patrols - that will prevent any significant violence from taking place," he said.

"I have seen no indications that leads me to believe that the security situation is deteriorating," said General Floriano Peixoto, chief of the Brazilian UN peacekeeping contingent.
But Medecins sans Frontieres' Francoise Saulnier said days had been lost because the main airport in Port-au-Prince, now under American control, was blocked by military traffic.
She said: "We lost three days. And these three days have created a massive problem with infection, with gangrene, with amputations that are needed now, while we could have really spared this to those people."

Source: www.sky.com

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