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Haitian authorities have recorded at least 72,000 deaths, the prime minister said. That does not include bodies buried by families or collected by the U.N. mission.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) -- Much-needed medical reinforcement arrives in Haiti on Wednesday in the form of a state-of-the-art hospital aboard a U.S. naval ship.
The USNS Comfort, which saw duty in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2001 terror attacks in New York, is to arrive mid-morning in the flattened capital, Port-au-Prince. U.S. helicopters will ferry patients aboard, bringing relief to overloaded hospitals and clinics.
Two severely injured Haitians have already been transported to the hospital ship as it sailed toward Haiti, according to the Department of Defense.
The patients -- a 6-year-old boy with a crushed pelvis and 20-year-old man with a broken skull and possibly fractured cervical vertebrae -- had been treated initially on the USS Carl Vinson, a U.S. aircraft carrier docked off the Haitian capital.
The Comfort is carrying nearly 550 doctors, nurses, corpsmen, technicians and support staff, who will be joined by 350 other medical staffers once the ship reaches Haiti, according to the U.S. Southern Command. The ship will have six operating rooms available and can house up to 1,000 patients.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 20 (AFP) - Rescuers hauled a woman out of the Haiti earthquake rubble after she survived for a week without food or water and barely able to move.
Another elderly woman started singing when she was pulled out of the wreckage of Port-au-Prince cathedral hours before Hoteline Losana, 25, became the latest of Haiti's miracle survivors.
Despite US military warnings that the operation would soon switch to the recovery of thousands of bodies, rescuers kept up the search into Wednesday for survivors like Hoteline Losana who defied the deadly odds.
Losana, 25, was pulled from the ruins of a Port-au-Prince shopping center.
"She is conscious and in good form," Thiery Cerdan of the French group Rescuers Without Borders, which carried out the nine hour operation with Haitian firemen and American experts.
Losana had been in an apartment over a supermarket when the 7.0 magnitude quake struck on January 12. The rescuers said she had no food or water, could barely move, and owed her survival to the position in which she was stuck.
"We pulled someone out seven days after an earthquake, that is quite extraordinary," said Bruno Besson, another member of the French team.
Hours earlier, Mexican firefighters rescued Anna Zizi from beneath the ruins of the Roman Catholic cathedral. Zizi, aged about 70, was pulled from rubble two hours short of a full week after the quake struck.
Originally posted by cjcord
reply to post by ROBL240
I asked this question when the recent quake hit CA. How does one differentiate between a separate quake and an aftershock?
Originally posted by Isawsomething
reply to post by JJay55
It's already a serious concern here in the Dominican Republic. I know of several groups that are talking about this very issue and the bloodbath that it could turn into. A lot of the Dominican rescuers are being robbed, beaten and killed by Haitian groups of criminals that intercept small trucks and cars with supplies. It's very frustrating and it may fuel much more animosity and racism than there already is. Some of the marginally poor of the Haitian cells here on our side are getting desperate and hopeless and there is an increase on violation to property and stealing by these cells.
I am sure the island will be united by the UN at some point and war will follow.