Large-scale emergency relief operations are facing severe bottlenecks in getting aid to Haiti and from the airport into Port-au-Prince four days after the major earthquake that devastated the country’s capital and surrounding areas on January 12.
There is not enough heavy equipment to clear the roads for aid convoys to pass. Because of this, international relief supplies — including essential water, food, and medical care — are taking a long time to reach survivors. The U.N. estimates that 3.5 million people are affected but they have only been able to reach around 4,000. The real first responders in Haiti right now are the survivors themselves.
Our response to this horrific crisis in Haiti draws on UUSC’s experience with disaster response in the aftermaths of September 11, the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Pakistan earthquake, and the Myanmar cyclone.
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