2 weeks after Haiti quake, food aid falls short


Associated Press

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 27 at 11:30 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Representatives of the U.N., U.S. and Haitian government and private aid groups have met in an effort to improve often chaotic food distribution to earthquake victims.

Food remains scarce for many of the neediest in Haiti more than two weeks after the quake struck, and the newly homeless in one slum say they haven't gotten any food, water or help with shelter.

Where food is distributed, crowds quickly become unruly. Donald Reilly of Catholic Relief Services says groups have agreed to divide Port-au-Prince into zones, designating a major aid agency to be responsible for delivering food in each sector. The U.N. says its peacekeepers will reinforce security.

The U.N. World Food Program, meanwhile, is urgently appealing to governments for more cash for Haiti supplies — $800 million to feed 2 million people through December, more than quadruple the $196 million already pledged.

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Jonathan Katz

AP Correspondent Jonathan Katz reports the Haitian people remain on edge about food and water and violence is sparking in some areas.

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Jonathan Katz

AP Correspondent Jonathan Katz reports living conditions remains deplorable for the Haitians.

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Gordon Duguid (DOO'-gud), U.S. Embassy spokesman

Embassy spokesman Gordon Duguid says there have been problems getting food to the people who need it the most.

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: A Haitian woman scavenges through the rubble Wednesday, January 27, 2010 in Port-aux-Prince, Haiti as cleanup operations continue after the devastating eartquake two weeks ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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: An aerial view shows one of the many tent cities seen in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, as the result of an earthquake that hit the country on Jan. 12, 2010.