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10 days after quake, survivors struggle to find food, water and supplies


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- "We are planning to flood the country with food."

That's what the Haiti director of the U.N. World Food Program says her agency is working toward, despite the obstacles.

Armies of foreign aid donors are working to expand the pipeline of food, water and medical care for survivors of last week's earthquake. The World Food Program says it has a fleet of trucks bringing in supplies from the Dominican Republic. So far, the agency says it's distributed more than 1.4 million food rations, each providing survivors three meals.

The U.S. military is trying to patch up an industrial pier in Port-au-Prince to speed aid deliveries.

Despite the progress, signs of desperation remain. Survivors wielding sticks stormed a building where one aid group had planned to distribute food. The group says looters made off with 50 tons of rice, oil, dried beans and salt, and fights broke out when others tried to steal the food from the looters.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Aid workers in Haiti are turning their focus to keeping earthquake victims alive, as hopes fade for finding survivors among the ruins.

One government plan involves relocating hundreds of thousands of people living in squalid, makeshift camps in Haiti's capital.

The plan is aimed at staving off the spread of disease in crowded areas where families are without sanitation, and living under tents, tarps or nothing at all.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government is tackling repairs to Haiti's heavily damaged main port. There's still no way of telling how long before ships can dock there and unload supplies in large quantities.

So, on the 10th day after the devastating quake, the struggle continues to get food, water and critical supplies where they're most needed. As it is, scavengers have been seen rampaging through collapsed shops. And a U.S. charity reports that stick-wielding quake victims have made off with about 50 tons of rice, oil, beans and salt.


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Another aftershock has hit the Haiti capital, sending some earthquake survivors into the streets in the middle of the night.

People in Port-au-Prince said the brief trembler Thursday night was not as strong as several others since the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated the city Jan. 12. Ensuing aftershocks have reached as high as magnitude-5.9.

The U.S. Geological Survey did not immediately have a measurement of the aftershock. Geophysicist Susan Potter said people can feel aftershocks that register as little as magnitude-2.0, but the service has yet to detect anything weaker than a magnitude-4.5 trembler in Haiti, where detection equipment is not densely concentrated.

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