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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti yesterday mourned its earthquake dead and rescuers freed another survivor from the rubble, while victims struggled to find food and cash amid a slow-moving aid distribution operation.Although the United Nations initially announced Haiti’s government had halted search and rescue operations, some rescue teams still combed rubble in the shattered capital,Wholesale Jerseys China, Port-au-Prince, 11 days after the catastrophic quake.French, Greek and U.S. rescuers yesterday carefully extracted a 24-year-old Haitian man from a collapsed hotel. Rescuers said he appeared to be in good condition.The January 12, magnitude-7 quake killed up to 200,000 people, Haitian authorities said,Wholesale NFL Jerseys, and left up to 3 million people hurt or homeless and clamouring for medical assistance,Cheap NBA Jerseys China, food and water in the hemisphere’s poorest country.Survivors were camping out in filthy conditions in about 300 makeshift camps across Port-au-Prince. People complained they were not getting enough aid, despite a huge U.S.-led international relief effort.Responding to the criticisms, U.S. Agency for International Development chief Rajiv Shah said his organisation was doing all it could under difficult circumstances.“The scale of the destruction and the human consequence … is just unparalleled … We’re never going to meet the need as quickly as we’d like,” Shah told Reuters. “We’re going to be here providing the support for a long time.”Aid workers faced enormous challenges to get food and water distributed in a ruined city cluttered with rubble and overflowing with homeless and injured people. “No one can understand it until they’re here,” USAID’s Gina Jackson said.World Food Programme officials estimated that some aid had reached more than two-thirds of the survivor camps. In addition to the logistical challenges,Andrew Franks Dolphins Jersey, there were concerns about security for food distribution operations, following the widespread looting of wrecked buildings in Port-au-Prince in the days following the quake.The WFP was forced to curtail some distribution activities following attacks on two of its relief convoys on Friday, said Thiry Benoit, WFP’s deputy country director for Haiti.“There is a real security problem,” he said at a briefing with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and other aid and government officials.Earlier, hundreds of worshipers,Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys, priests and nuns gathered in the ruins of Notre Dame cathedral in Port-au-Prince for the funeral of Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot and Vicar General Charles Benoit, both of whom died in the quake that demolished swathes of the coastal capital.“What we lost we can’t get back. It is not the rich who have lost, or the poor, we are all together,” said Leon Sejour, a seminarian who traveled from Cap Haitien in the north.As he left the archbishop’s funeral, President Rene Preval was jostled and mobbed by people angry about the slow delivery of aid. A few youths shouted for him to quit.Authorities said they had collected around 120,000 bodies of earthquake victims,Cheap NFL Jerseys Online, but the final toll could be higher.“We are now in the process of going round the funeral homes to count, but that could add some tens of thousands more,” Culture and Communications Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said. Authorities have been burying the dead in mass graves.UN officials said rescue teams had saved more than 13O people since the earthquake, but the focus was turning to medical and food assistance for survivors and finding bodies.Up to 1.5 million Haitians lost their homes in the earthquake.To help the relief effort, dozens of celebrities raised money in the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon on major U.S. networks and cable channels on Friday night. The benefit was organised by actor George Clooney and included performances by Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean, U2’s Bono and Madonna.Amid the grief, there were some indications the poor Caribbean country was coming back to life. Haitians waited outside banks reopening yesterday, eager to obtain cash to buy food and essential supplies.
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