Thursday, January 21, 2010

Earthquake and chaos in Haiti, headed for the second week. Three million Haitians still do not have help.

“To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken,” President Barack Obama said on Thursday.Tremblement de terre et le chaos en Haïti, dirigée pour la deuxième semaine. Trois millions d'Haïtiens n'ont toujours pas d'aide.
“You will not be forgotten,” he added. “In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you.”



dì zhèn hé hǔn luàn dì hǎi dì shuài lǐng de dì èr zhōu。 300wàn hǎi dì rén réng méi yǒu bāng zhù。
jishin to wa , haichi , 2shū me ni muka~tsu ta no konran . 300man nin no haichi jin ga tasuke te i mase n .

jijin, aiti, 2 ju dong-an-ui honlan-eul hyanghago. 3 man haiti ajigdo doum-i pil-yohaji anhseubnida.

Tetemeko na machafuko nchini Haiti, zinazoongozwa kwa wiki ya pili. Haitians milioni tatu bado hawana msaada.
U.N. ‘heartened’ by global response to Haiti

By Nelson A. King
Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 8:27 AM EST
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday that the international community’s outpouring of support to assist victims of this week’s devastating earthquake in Haiti is encouraging.
The U.N. said rescue efforts are “ramping up” in the French-speaking Caribbean nation with the arrival of teams and supplies from around the world.
Although it will be days before an overall casualty figure can be ascertained for the 7.0 magnitude tremors, which devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince, Ban predicted that the final figure will be “very high.”
“Clearly, this is a major humanitarian disaster,” he told reporters at U.N. headquarters, adding that the large scale of the international response to the disaster is “most heartening.”
Earlier, members of the General Assembly pledged their assistance to the earthquake victims, and Ban said he has received numerous calls and letters from people expressing their solidarity with the Haitian people in addition to offering material support.
“Haiti needs every ounce of help we can offer,” he said, stating that the top priority is search-and-rescue operations to save those who are trapped under rubble.
Rescue teams from countries, including China and France, have reached the capital, with the first 72 hours of the operation to save victims being most critical, Ban said.
He said that he has asked the United States government to provide as many helicopters, engineers and medical supplies as possible.
Ban has dispatched Edmond Mulet, his former Special Representative to Haiti and current Assistant-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, to assume full command of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
The U.N. said the tremors have also taken a toll on it, with nearly 200 personnel serving with MINUSTAH – including Hédi Annabi, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative – still unaccounted for.
The U.N. said four police, 19 soldiers and 13 civilian staff members with the mission have died.
The Christopher Hotel, which houses the U.N. headquarters in Haiti, and other buildings hosting the world body’s offices, collapsed in the tremors.
About 3,000 of MINUSTAH’s troops and police are in and around Port-au-Prince are helping to maintain order and assist in relief efforts, the U.N. said.
They have also started to clear some of the capital’s main roads to allow aid and rescuers to reach those in need.
The U.S. has dispatched about 800 infantry soldiers and a Navy aircraft carrier to aid in the rescue efforts in Haiti.
“To the people of Haiti, we say clearly and with conviction, you will not be forsaken,” President Barack Obama said on Thursday.
“You will not be forgotten,” he added. “In this, your hour of greatest need, America stands with you.”
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