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Haitian government estimates 200K dead, 2 million homeless


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Two aftershocks has again rattled Haiti's capital, sending rescue teams scrambling off precarious piles of rubble and already traumatized residents fleeing into the streets yet again.

There are no immediate reports of damage from either temblor. The U.S. Geological Survey has given a preliminary magnitude estimate of 4.9 for one that hit at 11:45 a.m. (1645 GMT) Thursday.

Haiti has been hit by at least 50 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or greater since the Jan. 12 quake that devastated the capital.

None has caused significant damage, but they have hampered relief efforts and added to a sense of doom among the shellshocked populace.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Relief workers say people are still dying from injuries they suffered in last week's earthquake in Haiti.

Dr. Greg Elder of Doctors Without Borders says patients are dying of sepsis from untreated wounds and some of the group's clinics have a backlog of patients of up to 12 days.

Elder says next up could be outbreaks of diarrhea, respiratory tract infections and other diseases among hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in overcrowded camps with poor sanitation.

The director of a hospital south of Port-au-Prince says he has received badly need supplies from the U.S soldiers, but it wasn't enough. John Angus is pleading for more doctors, casts and metal plates to fix broken limbs.

Medical teams on the ground are getting help from the the U.S. hospital ship Comfort.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- While most of Port-au-Prince seems relatively calm, looters are still a problem in pockets of the city.

Young men with machetes were seen fighting over packages of baby diapers. Nearby was the body of a young woman who had been shot in the head. Witnesses say she was shot by police, but officers in the vicinity denied it.

Police stood by as people made off with food and mobile phones from shattered shops. Authorities say they're trying to protect the stores that haven't been damaged.

One officer said, "It is not easy but we try to protect what we can."

U.N. peacekeepers and U.S. troops have been helping keep order around aid deliveries and clinics.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Workers burying the victims of Haiti's earthquake say the job of handling the never-ending flow of bodies is traumatizing.

One man says he has seen the bodies of so many children, he can't sleep at night -- and if he does, "it is a constant nightmare." He says he received 10,000 bodies in a single day.

The Haitian government estimates 200,000 people were killed by last week's quake. So far, 80,000 are buried in mass graves.

Workers say they don't have time to give the dead proper religious burials. They also have no time to follow pleas from the international community that bodies be buried in shallow graves so loved ones can find them.

As one worker put it: "We just dump them in and fill it up."


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The Haitian government has upped its estimate of the earthquake homeless from 1.5 million to two million.

The estimated death toll remains the same, 200,000. Some 80,000 people have been buried in mass graves so far. More mass graves are being carved on a hillside north of Haiti's capital.

More than a week after the quake, hopes are dimming that anyone could still be alive in the ruins. But a 5-year-old boy was found Wednesday in the wreckage of his home. He was dehydrated, but apparently otherwise OK.

For those needing medical care, experts say there are 12-day waits. The experts worry about untreated injuries festering, and disease breaking out in makeshift camps.

The head of the World Food Program is scheduled to visit Haiti today.

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