Haiti News Update

Written by admin   // January 22, 2010   // 0 Comments

Relief worker comforts struggling children.

Look here for news updates on the aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti. All times are Haiti local time, which is the same as Eastern Standard Time in the U.S. and five hours behind GMT.

(CNN)Friday, January 22

10:18 a.m. — The International Organization for Migration reports that as of Friday 508 makeshift settlements have been identified in the area of Port-au Prince. Surveys by the organization and the Haitian government of 314 of those settlements put their population at 472,000.

7:54 a.m. — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a 4.4-magnitude aftershock strikes about 15 miles north-northwest of Port-au-Prince. Depth was about 6 miles.

6:40 a.m. — Authorities pushing to clear earthquake-relief bottlenecks in Haiti continue to work Friday to improve the flow of relief supplies at the south pier in Port-au-Prince. The January 12 quake damaged the capital’s north and south piers. Haitian authorities and the U.S. military had restored one-way traffic to the south pier, which is the smaller of the two, by Thursday. Port-au-Prince’s north pier remains unusable.

Thursday, January 21

8:44 p.m. — Haitian police shot and killed a man they suspected of stealing rice in Port-au-Prince on Thursday, leaving his body on the sidewalk for hours as his family mourned. Witnesses said no one was looting at the time. A nearby shop owner said the five bags of rice the men were found with fell from a truck and passers-by picked them up.

8:30 p.m. — Haiti’s orphanages have become targets for people desperate for food, water and medical supplies, aid workers said. On Wednesday night, Maison de Lumiere, an orphanage caring for 50 orphans, came under attack from a group of 20 armed men, aid workers told the Joint Council on International Children’s Services. A neighboring orphanage sheltering about 135 children has been robbed several times over the past few days, they said.

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