posted on Jan, 18 2010 @ 07:09 PM
Here is some light but nowheres near the end of the tunnel.
There are some photos if you want to pull them up.
NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2010
U.S. Military Begins Air Drops in Haiti
Cargo Planes to Drop Hundreds of Aid Bundles Containing Food and Water over Three Days print Share
The U.S. military begun a series of air drops Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, to deliver aid supplies to the Haitian people. (CBS)
The U.S. military began a series of air drops of aid packages containing food and water at three secure sites in Haiti Jan. 18, 2010. (CBS)
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(CBS) With ground transportation in Haiti severely limited following last week's massive earthquake, the U.S. military begun a series of air drops
Monday afternoon to deliver aid supplies to the Haitian people.
CBS News has learned that the Air Force is flying C-17 transport planes out of Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, N.C. Each plane will deliver 40
aid bundles per trip and the military is planning to deliver 600 bundles over three days. The military has secured three drop zones where the aircraft
can unload from an altitude of about 1,000 feet.
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A plane already in the air is set to deliver 14,000 MREs - the calorie-dense "meals ready to eat" used by the military in combat zones - and 14,000
quarts of water.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Reuters Friday that air drops in the immediate aftermath of the quake would have been "a formula for
contributing to chaos rather than preventing it."
"Without having any structure on the ground, in terms of distribution, that an air drop is simply going to lead to riots as people go after that
stuff," he said.
Sixteen ships and 48 helicopters are offshore flying in water and taking out the injured, but the help the U.S. promised has not arrived as quickly as
planned, reports CBS News correspondent David Marin. The Pentagon said it would have 10,000 men and women either ashore or afloat by Monday. The
actual number is less than 7,000. Delays at the airport have put the 82nd Airborne two days behind schedule, and a U.S. officer said Haitian air
traffic controllers were simply unable to handle all the incoming flights.
Governments and humanitarian groups have struggled to get aid to the neediest Haitians in the week since the earthquake.
Some incidents of violence in Haiti have hindered rescue workers trying to help earthquake victims, a top official leading the U.S. government's
relief efforts said Sunday.
Providing humanitarian aid requires a safe and secure environment, said Lt. Gen. Ken Keen of the U.S. Southern Command. While streets have been
largely calm, he said, violence has been increasing.
A leading aid group complained of skewed priorities and a supply bottleneck at the U.S.-controlled airport. The general in charge said the U.S.
military was "working aggressively" to speed up deliveries.