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Haiti quake aftermath: Invisible government


By Sunday, frustration was mounting in Haiti`s shattered capital as hundreds of people gathered at a quake-damaged business, scavenging items.
Not far from the cathedral, about 300 people gathered before a quake-damaged line of shops as men on the roof, one with a rifle, tossed items down to them: cartons of toothpaste, gift sets of stationary, plastic baby seats.

Some men fought over a parcel of toddlers` clothes as smoke from burning trash filled the street.
In the first escalation of its kind since the earthquake, two men - suspected of being looters - lay dead on the street in the Delmas neighbourhood, both beaten and with their hands bound together.

Some in the angry crowd that gathered around them said they had been attacked by angry residents, others that police had caused their wounds.
AP Television cannot independently verify this information.

Meanwhile, in downtown Haiti near a street markets near the presidential palace, Haitian riot police attempted to quell one-thousand people looting.
The police fired tear gas and witnesses said several of the looters appeared to be gang members from a shanty town.

At least some suspected looters were beaten and shot.
Haitians seemed increasingly frustrated by a seemingly invisible government - some setting bonfires in a downtown street to burn the bodies authorities have been unable to remove, leaving passers-by to cover their faces against the smell of burning flesh.

However, there were also occasions of hope: Virginia firefighters pulled UN civil affairs officer Jens Christensen of Denmark - alive and conscious - from the rubble of the ruined UN building.
And other teams rescued a woman from a collapsed university building, three survivors were pulled from deep in the collapsed ruins of a supermarket and Montana Hotel co-owner Nadine Cardoso was saved from that wrecked building.

But just as basic aid was trickling in to survivors in to people in Port-au-Prince but in the southern Haitian resort town of Jacmel residents said food, water and medicine were very still incredibly scarce on Sunday.

According to the United Nation`s On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC) 50 to 60 percent of buildings in Jacmel have been destroyed.
The road leading to Jacmel has been virtually blocked by rubble, making it impossible for aid to reach the devastated town via the ground.

International rescue teams were hard at work trying to dig out bodies of people believed to still be under the rubble of their collapsed homes.

Source: Haiti quake aftermath: Invisible government

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