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I lived in Honduras for a year and much of the population was living the same way...weak shelters on mountain sides. After Hurricane Mitch they were washed away and temporary trailers were set up They became a permanent living area since they were more stable than what they were living in. In addition to medical aid we should provide Haiti with similar living areas.
We are heading to the carribean for a holiday tomorrow..haven't heard any info on weather concerns that may arise form the large earthquake in Haiti...the weather reports are not mentioning anything...is it safe?
Note to Heidi Collins re: conversation w/ Ivan Watson in Dominican republic: Delay in flights to Port Au Prince are due to air traffic control tower down. Flights in to main airport will be dependent on re-establishing air traffic control services (likely to be established by portable unit from the US). Without adequate air traffic control, there would be no routing or control of multiple planes / helicopters flying in from multiple directions, and risk further casualties.
The government of Haiti is never prepared for any emergency situation and with this kind of an attitude I imagine that contingencies plans have to be address immediately so controls in health will be addressed.
Reply to krista: There should be no weather concerns related to the earthquake. If cruising, there is a cruise port at Labadee, Haiti (~100-150 miles away on the north coast) which did not sustain signifcant damage per report from Royal Caribbean cruise line. I am unsure at this time whether cruise ships will dock at Labadee, but if you are going elsewhere than Haiti, your travel plans should not be significantly affected.
The U.S. Navy needs to deploy aircraft carriers with helicopter transport for quick help .
Why all the talk??
Send in some Navy Seals, secure the airport, clear the runways,
We took a cruise in 2009 on Carnival Holiday (port Mobile Alabama). I believe thisship was retired from the Carnival fleet December 2009. What happens to retired cruise ships? Can the ship be of aid to the volunteers helping the people in Haiti. Also other cruise lines may have retired ships in 2009 that could be helpful. Thought this is worth researching as an avenue to help so many.
Is Cuba doing anything to help.
Instead of auctioning off the Katrina trailers sitting in storage in MS, how about sending off to Haiti as they are in dire need right now.
ther is other landing strip in haiti that planes could land on toward the north of haiti
Im very certain there is alot of people that would like to voluntare to go to haiti on their on expence to help out but have no means on geting there what can they do about that
thanks Jeff. I read this morning that even though the large tsunami warning has ended there could be small ones...
we are going to be in the Turks...100 miles north...would be great if cnn addresses this in their weather reports..
How was Labadee effected? I have cruised there and it is beautiful.
anyone heard anything on carrfou there s no mention on carrfou what so ever and to my understanding the earthquake started in that area
(Thank You) ‘doctors without borders’ (Thank You)
China,, France and Belgium have also sent humanitarian aid. I expect many deaths. There is no building code of any type, let alone earthquake proof. . The homes are usually shacks with either a metal or thatch roof. Children with extended stomachs due to mass starvation, sores on their legs and arms from lack of nutrition. The people are wonderful even though they live in horrific poverty. They would always reach out and help when you are in need. A family literally saved my life while in Haiti years ago. So much tragedy! My heart goes out to these people of Haiti.
We all need to stand together and lend a helping hand. We need people to go to Haiti and begin rebuilding the country and making it stronger. I think America should allow for families of citizens in America to come from Haiti.
John R. jr... maybe because the epicenter was there (And it was probably the most devastated area) we're not getting anything =/ plus, most of the focus is on the capital (Port-au-Prince) where the population was the most dense
This is Katrina all over. The thing that is different is reaction time is faster.
I have not been able to get in touch with my Mom – Marie-Rose Pierre is her name, she's located in the Nazon area. I'm urging U.S. government officials to allow temporay entry in the us to Haitians in need who have family members here in the United states, for better care.
What of Dominican Republic? What is the likelihood of the people there being in danger?
Nef... i live in the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, to be exact, which is right in the middle of the island *couple hundred kms east of Port-au-Prince* and even though we did feel the earthquake (pretty strongly) and some of the aftershocks, we have had no reports of structural damages or human losses (only one little girl was injured when a garage door fell down during the quake). We're just trying to focus on helping Haiti right now.
Just curious to see how many countries under the UN come to the aid of Haiti!!
I'm sorry to hear about whjat had happen. My heart goes out to everyone. God bless everyone that was hurt and the one's who lost everything. God bless
I'm astonished at how calm and seemingly unconcerned the President of Haiti was during his interview with Dr. Gupta. Who cares about where he is going to sleep tonight ! People are still screaming under debris and rubble. Get a grip Mr. President ! Your People Need you!
Heidi, Is there air traffic control at the airport in Port au Prince? Are they communcating with incoming flights?
How is cooperation btwn govts handled? What are those in the Haitian govt requesting? Too soon to tell? Intl aid will come in through Port au Prince airport but what about bringing in aid, potable water, food, from areas outside the city and most affected areas?
Dear CNN News - I just heard on CNN news that our American Citizans have to sign a promisory note in order to leave Haiti by Air transport - I think that the US Government should take care of their flight - Their safety should not come as a price - They should be sent back to the United States FREE OF CHARGE
The government is auctioning off the Katrina trailers that are stored in Arkansas. So far the bid is only $106 per trailer. There are over 11,000 trailers. This amounts to about 1.6 million dollars total for all 11,000+ trailers. HAUL THEM TO THE COAST AND PUT THEM ON FREIGHTERS AND TAKE THEM TO HAITI....
I believe that the world and Haiti has to open their eyes to a new world order that it is not going to mind their situation by taking whatever help it might be destined to Haiti. The world economical crisis is going to challenge everyone. I believe that the President from Haiti needs to find calm to put his country together. I would not say that he was understandable in shock of the situation in Haiti. The President needs to regain calm in order to help his country. I think that the question from Dr. Gupta was a little out of touch. Who cares about where the President of Haiti is going to sleep tonight. People need help but we have to be diligent to protect that help to those in need of help. It seems to me that the media has to get a grip. I understand that he is a doctor. Doesn’t Dr. Gupta think is time to offer help? Haiti needs help not a charade show. An earthquake is an act of nature that comes unannounced but the government has to be prepared. Why Haiti had so many representative of the UN? What is the situation in Haiti? How many times Haiti has being help?
Most people i have talked to want to help but many people believe it or not do not have checking accountsor credit cards or any way to help. Why dont you put up a change machine like they have in the stores but the money will go to Haiti. I believe so many people that want to help but dont have money will bring there change it will make them feel like they helped and change does add up. I will pray for all of them i know god is there sometimes we think he has forgoten us but he hasen't.
God Bless : Robin
Over the cry of desperation and through the sudden and horrific suffering of the beatiful people of Haiti will come the astounding
spirit of humanity. The chains of economic and political rivalry will no longer imprison us; and for a moment we will see the boundless love of the children of this earth. May the spirit of the father and the heart of the mother be with all their sons and daughters in this dark hour, and may this serve to swing open the door of human understanding. Let the world, the whole world, find that common bond that has bound us together since the dawn of our awakening. Shed hatred and shine in the second skin, the second coming of man and woman.
Carlos Philippe I am a carpenter, I know how to build shelter
I am a cook, I know how to feed people
I am a nurse who weeps for Haiti
The Haiti Earthquake is so devastating. I have a request of all. Please donate to your favorite charity to help Haiti's victims. I pledged $60 to 3 charities to start with. I am asking YOU to match my pledge. I gave up going to Bon Jovi concert in Kansas City which was going to be my 25th and now 30's wedding anniversary present. The 25th anniversary I had planned a cruise but had to cancel it due to spine surgery. So, here I am at my 30th anniversary and cancelling that too, being Bon Jovi concert to help these poor people that is devastated by this horrific earthquake. I feel so great doing so and makes a concert or a cruise seem trivial now. I don't have much but now my heart does! Thanks for listening! Peace to All!
The news is depressing and devastating on every channel. This is not a competition for drama.
If all the news affiliates would stay home and send just one team; take all the money you are saving on travel, salaries, food...and send it to Haiti.
We'd save a lot of people?
Is there any phone line open in Haiti right? I am an Haitian trying to get hold of my family there. If there is anything my email address is on the top please sent me an email. thank you.
To watch the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and to see the worry, concern and distress in the eyes the Haitians, I was totally bought to tears. How will these people, in an already poor situation survive? Whatever it take , every country should put all differences aside and help Haiti in it's time of need. I cannot even imagine the concerns of the people of Haiti and the hope of a better life ahead.
To the people of Haiti, pull together and rebuild your country with the help of others.
Can you imagine the goodwill that would be generated it the bank and other executives donated their ENTIRE bonuses to the organizations helping the people of Haiti?
Can CNN apply a little pressure to make this happen?
To watch the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti and to see the worry, concern and distress in the eyes of the Haitians, I was totally bought to tears. How will these people, in an already poor situation survive? Whatever it take , every country should put all differences aside and help Haiti in it's time of need. I cannot even imagine the concerns of the people of Haiti and the hope of a better life ahead.
Please get let Dr. Sanjay cooridinate this human medical effort over in haiti. He would be a great cooridinator for medical staffing on how to help in this severe diaster. hope cnn and the world believe in him like i do. they need his coodination efforts now not broadcasting. thank you all for listening. Dan Igou
It is so good to see this country and countries around the world coming togther so quickly to come to the aid of people in Haiti affected by the earthquake. Hopefully aid will get to those in need as rapidly as possible. Are there also US supply ships on the way? What is the scope of the international effort?
is there no way that they could deliver cases of botteled water [along with soldiers to keep the peace] drop it in by helicopter....drop cases & cases of botteled water, cases of canned peaches, fruit oranges, anything to put something in their stomachs. similac & baby bottles for the little babies [if they don't get milk...they die] women need things like sanitary napkins, diapers for babies, chips or what ever for the kids to eat until they get the roads open........helicopter drop drs. & nurses with medicine, antibiotics, medical supplies.......start bringing in a little help. even a little is better than none, because if you don't there will be a lot more dead byt the time it takes to get roads passable.
I appreciate hearing how the Haitians are helping each other. In a disaster of this magnitude which could happen here (as in – where you are) it would be wise for all of us to have survival skills: 1st aid, knowledge of edibles, mental health, water sources, natural medicines. The Haitians seem to be their own best resource, but they do need so much more. I'm glad I donate to the Red Cross and plan to increase my donation so it's there for the next disaster in the word.
Where are the many reporters and their camera men staying while reporting from Haiti? And what about their water and food ?
Any news yet about other areas of Haiti (other than Port au Prince). Did the quake affect nearby countries?
Please have your reporters stop emphasizing all the bad things all the time. The reporter guy with the blue shirt is so obnoxious he makes me angry. We can't be everything to everybody right now. Please sprinkle in some good stuff and stop being so negative. Thanks from John in Atlanta.
Why don't they air drop tools so the people can dig out those trapped themselves? realize professionals are better for this but it appears there is too few teams and not enough time
I was born and raised in Haiti i have a lot of family there. Am worried a lot because i can't hear from them. I have donated all that i could donate and after all i feel useless because i wish that i could do more. But i don't have much money for that :(. I love my country and for the pass few days i have been asking everybody to pinch me do to the fact that i feel like I'm day dreaming. I mean why us??????!!!! Have we been cussed by the Heavenly Father? Is he mad at us? See all these things going on in my country just seems unbelievable to me:(. But hey the Lord gave and he takes away. I would like to thank everybody that have gave donations. Specially President Barack Obamma, UN, Mexico, Germany, France, everybody that actually stood beside us and helping. It's sad seeing that even our own president Rene Preval is not even helping. I just don't think that is fair. They are helping themselves, i watch CNN everyday day and night. I only saw him once and all he was talking about is where he is going to sleep. I mean that's not a roll being a president you have to be a leader, help the country, and be there for your people. Seeing that only outsiders are working is just seems crazy to me. After all he expects for them to have respect for him? That will never happens because when they needed him he was not there. He has disappeared from them.
I have relatives in Leogane. I didn't get any information about the province of Leogane. I would like to know what is going on in this area. I have an uncle living there. He is a business man and he is well known. His name is Boulou. Please can you locate him for me and tell me how he is doing. I am his neice. His brothers and sisters are worried about him. His kids are also scared.
There are too many people in Porta Prince. Set up sites away from the city where control is possible and establish an enviroment of hope.
Remember Woodstock, breakfast in bed for a million or two. Women and children should have the option of being housed separately for control and safety. This could be accomplished with tents and the beginning of hard structure. This could occur in stages and in more than one location. In the event of great disaster celebrate the living .
Utilize the strong Haitian men in a civilian army using whatever Haitian military force there is to lead their people. Get the people out of Porta Prince and away from the carnage and concrete...............and as soon as possible utilize the thousands of people who have it in their heart and expertise to help. Let us declare 'all out PEACE on poverty' where it should rightfully be declared and pull the whole world into this song..Jahbless the people of Haiti in this dark hour and fill the heart of man and womankind with the desire and demand for real change....Bless the people whose mission it is to make the choices may expedience and strong spirit work for you....Philip Sprinkle
I keep hearing about how frustrating it is that the Haitians can't even get the bare essentials - FOOD & WATER. Air traffic is a huge problem, planes coming in faster than they can be landed, causing huge traffic jams in the sky. So I'm just wondering:
WHY ISN'T ANYONE DROPPING SUPPLIES BY PARACHUTE?!! In times of war, supplies are often dropped by parachute. How hard could it be to do water, food, or medical supplies air drops???
I'm sure there must be people on the ground that could pick up these supplies - National Guard, Haitian soldiers, military from other countries, etc!
Can somebody tell me why hard-working Americans need, or want so badly, to help Haiti? Most Haitians do not work, hate America, vote againsta America in all international forums, including the U.N., and now complain that help is not reaching them soon enough.
I keep hearing/reading that this is the worst earthquake in Haiti in 200 years. What happened that made it worse 200 years ago? The population and number of buildings in Haiti were probably 1/100th of what it is now. No one ever explains the 200 year ago event. Thanks, Jim O'Rourke, Chicago
Toussaint L’Ouverture started the recovery in Haiti in 1791; let us continue that effort by creating a safe haven for earthquake surviving Haitians in a specific geographical area in the United States or in South America since the cost to rebuild and save lives is prohibitive. History has shown that Haiti has, regreattably, not progressed much in the last 100+ years hence; a relocated Haiti, not unlike Liberia and Jonestown (for different reasons), may be in order at this desperate time. In the end, because of inept leadership, the U.S. may have to take possession of Haiti, if we so choose, as we did with Puerto Rico.
WHY CAN'T A FIELD HOSPITAL BE SET UP IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE GREATEST NEED MEDICALLY BE SHUTTLED BY HELICOPTER FROM HAITI?
i would like to tanks everybody from CNN you guys are very special on the heart of each haitian has a haitian woman i say thanks .we love you cnn and reallyyyyyyyyyy apreciate each menbersof the station.
Why aren't cruise ships helping out the Haitian victims?
Haiti needs volunteer workers around the clock and security if needed. Two former presidents asked for more money, good. Both are very, very wealthy, old money and new money. It would be good if both of them, right on the spot would pledge one million dollars and appeal to their super rich friends to match their donations. No photo ops are necessary at this time, families. babies, children are suffering horrific pain. Bring on Jimmy Carter and his wife, they are great humanitarians. Don't stop digging! Larry King Monday Night! The heroes are the Haitian Families to endure slavery and tragedies, again and again. Women were singing and praying for strength Friday. Never give up faith. We are here on earth, not the moon, buried the dead with dignity. Where are the heavy equipment? where?
what I want to tell everybody here is that, Dr. Sanjay ask Hillary a question , he asked,:"why is Haiti so poor" . My answer is The French collonised a small country likeHaiti exploited them and left them with nothing. ask yourself where was all this aid and money the advanced countries are sending to Haiti when they were starving before the earthquake. They are so wicked.
I'm a UNION LABORER for 20 years now I praise these resue workers for what there doing but I believe they need people like me down there also I no how to shore up concret and can run 90 lbs. jackhammers 4 18+ hrs. a day.I believe they need alot of people like me domn threr to help NOW.I'M READY They also need to use some of the helicopyers that's just sitting idle to start pulling some of the bigger pieces of concrete off NOW THAT IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GET TO THESE TRAPPED PEOPLE GOD BLESS
I want to say Thanks to every one who helps Haitian people specially president Obama for his leadership ,HARPER other leaders around the world.
All the medias CNN , RDI and others medias around the world, to inform
each of us .I am wondering ,if you can play this video ;we are the world ,
we are the children to touch more people to help.
Laura- The cruise ships are helping out Haitian victims. I just returned from a Royal Caribbean cruse which included a stop on Jan 14th in Labadee,Haiti. This stop was approved by the U.N. The cruise line collected money to donate to earthquake victims. All income from water sports was donated as well. Royal Caribbean also donated many pallets of food for earthquake victims. Had we not stopped there, the locals who work on Labadee would not have sold their crafts or earned their salaries for working the beach area. It is truly sad that there are so many people suffering, however, to not dock in Labadee will take away income from those local workers.
The Missionaries of Charity (Mother Theresa's sisters) have a convent, orphanage and school in Porte-au-Prince (Dalmus section).
Please report on how they are doing. We are so worried about them.
watching kyra who had a report on the ISRAELI HOPSITAL SET UP AND RUNNING – WITH MEDICAL MONITORS – HOW EMBARASSING, AMERICA!
Not to say we aren't doing anything – the if Israel can come form around the world and set up, what is our problem. US Comfort hopsital ship is on the way and will get there, but what about help now? I keep hearing about nothing getting thru, but still the Israelis have set up the most adequate hospital so far? Can anyone explain the misconnect?
whats embarrasing america - is our paratroopers could have set up a designated area for air dropsof more troops to set up huge military tent city or multible military tent cities for the haitians... this could have been done wednesday,etc.. WHY NOT?? MEDICINES, MORE MEDICAL CARE, PARAMEDICS, NURSWES, DOCTORS, could have been dropped in,, portable potties, cots, blankets, food, etc, lighting and security for the MILIARY TENT CITY OR MULTIBLE MILITARY TENT CITIES.. i say the death toll will be above 200,000 plus and rising due to not acting... these airdrops als could have provide some small equipment to help clear roads– WHY NOT?? now disease will spread rapidly as bodies lie in the streets, in the rubble, and countryside... dogs, rodents, and insects will start to feed off the bodies, also the bodies being burned, unproperly buried , tombed, and mass burials, etc.. also what happens if the rain storms come in , now that would help the contaimination. how about the haitians drinking well water, it could be containmated with the diseases of bodies in the ground- which results in a PANADEMIC.. why??? so our politicans can be politicans 1st, have they forgot - WE THE PEOPLE, apparantly they have remember katrinia- our citizens in chest deep water, bodies on interstate bridges... yes sir, its good to give, god yes, but is this playing into pliticans hands to get all the money possible to rebuild HAITI the way a joined political government wants to, not the people.. PEOPLE the 82 airborn , 400 members were in haiti, according to our vice president , with his speech at lake charles,la- saturday... america– i have preached this from the start of this eartquake, our paratroop specialists and forces should and could have been dropped in very early wednesday morning- they werent because of red tape involving politics, washington, government leaders, etc... america these drops could have been made early , very early wednesday morning..... WHY NOT– TONY HARRIS??? AND OTHERS ON CNN REPORTERS AND ANCHORS...?? MILITARY TENT AND MULTIBLE MILITARTY TENT CITIES could have brought HOPE.......
SEE AMERICA– andersoncooper reporting on looting,, these military city or cities could have possibly stopped or at least slow down looting, PARATROOP FORCES COULD HAVE BEEN SENT IN AS EARLY AS WEDNESDAY MORNING.. lighting and security.
When all is said and done for Haiti. I would like to know all the countries under the UN who did not contribute to Haiti!!
hi, i have been watching this night mare from the first day and my heart goes out to all the people ,young old,hurt,and sadly those who lost their lives, the people who are left there to go on suffering need to be taken out, and put in different countries,i am offering my home to those who need a place to call home,and just a ear and shoulder to lean on,the goverment needs to put aside the paper work for now, lives depend on this.i pray that all the people are strong enough to hold on ,and god bless them all!!!!!
Right now, all help is help goes from the west part of Dominican Republic, since haiti has no airport,
Dominican republic has spent about 15 million dollars, going to 20 in some days.
Am looking for My uncle Jean-Philip and my other family pleased if any one can find him and ask him how every body doing if the make it alive all i want to hear now is my family ok pls.
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