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Originally posted by vox2442
Originally posted by prof-rabbit
What China should be doing is sending hundreds of personnel that made up the rescue teams from the Sichuan quake. They have the first hand experience and are not so reliant on technology.
Chinese rescue team arrives in Haiti
They left Beijing Wednesday night, and arrived in Haiti early Thursday morning. They've brought a team of 60, machinery, 10 tonnes of food, and a million dollars.
That's pretty damned quick, considering the flight time is in the 15 hour range.
WASHINGTON—U.S. special operations forces have reopened Haiti's airport and United Nations and U.S.-led teams have begun rescue efforts in the earthquake-stricken nation, according to a government situation report issued Thursday morning and obtained by The Wall Street Journal.
An 7.0-level earthquake shook the impoverished Caribbean nation Tuesday, and estimates of the dead range from tens of thousands to beyond 100,000. The U.S. government report details efforts to reach and set up relief operations in Haiti, including a broad military effort extending into next week. It did not provide casualty estimates.
President Barack Obama ordered the U.S. government to undertake a massive relief effort in Haiti
Originally posted by marg6043
reply to post by SLAYER69
Exactly!!!!!!!!! as we here were monitoring the efforts of the US in Haiti, from the beginning the US knew that it will be playing a major role from the beginning, before the UN will eventually takes over.
As usual the US military will have priority over security in the poorest nation in this side of world.
What many didn't know is that already US military presence was in the Island since yesterday (this was not very much advertise for security reasons) the initial job was to make sure that US personnel in the Island was found, as people many not know but some of the US personnel are actually military that has gone missing.
The present of the military has increased since last night (also has been kept very quiet for now) the US military ships with medical facilities, nuclear power and evac helicopters are already in Haiti coast .
Very soon president Obama will be announcing that US military is already in the Island.
So, like I said US is doing a heck of job to ensure the security of the Haiti people, the US and foreign personnel but also the security of his aircraft and ships in the area.
Only US can do all that.
[edit on 14-1-2010 by marg6043]
On Wednesday night the president received a comprehensive briefing from each of the agencies involved in the Haiti operation, including the State, Defense and Homeland Security departments. Officials have been scrambling to overcome significant logistical hurdles to the operation.
According to the report, distributed internally after the White House meeting, the airport at Port-au-Prince is now able to conduct round-the clock operations, after repairs to its quake-damaged control tower led by the Pentagon's Southern Command. U.S. teams have set up a reception center for disaster relief personnel now entering the country.
Quake Strikes Haiti
Discuss: What is the best way to help the recovery and relief effort?
A United Nations delegation transported by a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 plane is expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince about 9 a.m. EST Thursday to stand up UN relief efforts, according to an interagency conference call cited in the report, which was distributed across a range of U.S. agencies involved in rescue and relief efforts.