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Travel difficult for Red Cross aid to Haiti

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- American Red Cross officials estimate 1,000 flights are waiting to land at Haiti's airport as of Monday afternoon. And they worry the backup will hinder the delivery of relief supplies.

The main port of the Haitian capitol was heavily damaged in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

The charity says an 18-hour drive from the Dominican Republic is now the most predictable route, a drive that used to take only six hours.

The Red Cross says its focus continues to be meeting the basic needs of survivors -- food and water. The group expects to shift its focus in the days ahead to finding more sturdy shelter for the thousands of survivors.

Some good news out of Haiti on Monday: public schools have started to reopen.

Many are back open for the first time since the quake, mostly in outlying provinces that sustained minimal damage.

In Port-au-Prince it could be months before children are back in classrooms. The quake damaged or destroyed most of Haiti's schools and killed many teachers.

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