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Isaac Gains Strength, Threatens Haiti

Florida keeping wary eye on storm

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Isaac still has the potential to foul up Republicans' convention plans in Florida, but relief agencies are more worried about Haiti at the moment. Isaac is expected to be at hurricane strength when it rolls in tomorrow night—the first major storm to hit since the 2010 earthquake,... More »

Cholera Hits Port-au-Prince; Toll at 250

Yet officials hopeful they can contain outbreak

(Newser) - With the potential for an epidemic looming, Haitian officials reported five cases of cholera in the capital Port-au-Prince today, reports the BBC, though they say the cases were caught early and isolated quickly. The news comes as the death toll in the outbreak topped 250 and Haiti's health chief said... More »

Cholera Outbreak Spreads Toward Haiti's Capital

More than 200 dead, thousands sick

(Newser) - An outbreak of cholera has spread outside a rural valley in central Haiti, intensifying worries the disease could reach squalid tarp camps that house hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in the capital. More than 200 have been confirmed dead in the poor Caribbean nation's worst health crisis since the... More »

After 9 Months, Only 2% of Haitian Rubble Cleared

Port-au-Prince still looks much the same

(Newser) - Nine months after Haiti's devastating earthquake, conditions in Port-au-Prince don't seem to have changed much. Rubble is still strewn around the city, among blown-open slabs of sidewalk and teetering half-destroyed buildings. Only about 2% of the 33 million cubic yards of debris strewn about by the disaster has been cleared.... More »

Haiti Still Full of Celebrities

Stars bring attention, money to island

(Newser) - If you'd like to spot a celebrity, forget Hollywood: Head to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Though the media spotlight isn't focused there anymore, celebrities are still flocking to the country in droves. If you stopped by one school bus-turned-classroom on Saturday, for example, you could have seen Michelle Obama and Ben Stiller... More »

Bush, Clinton Tour Port-au-Prince

Ten weeks after Haiti earthquake, ex-presidents visit capital

(Newser) - Bill Clinton and George W. Bush toured Port-au-Prince today, meeting survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake at a huge homeless camp in the Haitian capital. The former presidents, who were making their first joint visit, spearheaded the American relief fundraising effort, which has drawn $37 million so far. "Our... More »

Clearing Haiti Rubble to Take 1K Trucks 1K Days

Impending rains make debris an urgent problem

(Newser) - Six weeks after an earthquake reduced Port-au-Prince to rubble, Haitians face a monumental task: They don't just have to build a new city, they have to get rid of the old one. The collapsed stores, houses, and apartment buildings of the Haitian capital add up to 25 times the debris... More »

Haiti Aid Piles Up at Bottlenecks as Unrest Grows

Medicine, bandages, food stuck at port, airport, warehouses

(Newser) - Massive amounts of aid are arriving in Haiti only to hit bottlenecks at the Port-au-Prince airport, the port or warehouses, where medicine, bandages, and other desperately needed supplies are piling up. Clogged roads, a crippled government, and outbreaks of violence mean that the aid flowing into Haiti is reaching earthquake... More »

Girl, 17, Pulled From Rubble

Darlene Etienne trapped in pocket in concrete of school

(Newser) - A 17-year-old Haitian girl was pulled from the rubble of her Port-au-Prince school today, 15 days after the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation. “She just said ‘thank you,’ she’s very weak,” the search team commander tells AFP of Darlene Etienne, who appeared to suffering... More »

Haitian Pizza Joint Feeds 1,000 a Day, for Free

Muncheez has transformed from upscale eatery to lifeline

(Newser) - A restaurant on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince is taking up the slack left by still-incomplete relief efforts and feeding 1,000 hungry and homeless Haitians a day—for free. Before the earthquake, Muncheez was a pizza joint too expensive for most people in the area. But after the quake, its... More »

US Troops Pull Man, Buried 2 Weeks, From Rubble

35-year-old appears to have no serious injuries

(Newser) - US troops pulled a 35-year-old Haitian man alive from the rubble of a building in downtown Port-au-Prince today. Ricot Duprevil, who was dressed only in underpants, appeared to have no serious injuries despite being buried for the two weeks since the 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean nation, Reuters reports.... More »

Haiti Rescue Effort Ends, Death Toll Hits 111K

132 were pulled alive from rubble; focus turns to survivors

(Newser) - The Haitian government has called an end to the search for survivors of the January 12 earthquake, with 111,481 confirmed dead, according to the latest UN stats. Search teams managed to rescue 132 people in the aftermath of the 7.0 quake, which left 609,000 homeless. Flights arriving... More »

Aid Reaches More Survivors

Now, hundreds of thousands need relocation

(Newser) - Improved logistics are allowing relief teams to deliver aid to an increasing number of victims in Port-Au-Prince and other areas of Haiti affected by the deadly earthquake. Given the time that has passed since the quake, disaster teams are switching their focus from search and rescue operations to relocation for... More »

15-Day-Old Rescued From Haiti Rubble

UN: Search and rescue effort 'a fantastic success'

(Newser) - Members of a search and rescue team demolishing a ruined home in Haiti yesterday were amazed to find a 15-day-old baby who had survived without food and water for a week. "It was the mercy of God," the baby girl's mother told the Wall Street Journal . She had... More »

Clinton, Investors Work On 'Marshall Plan' for Haiti

They're trying to create 'composite plan' to rebuild the nation

(Newser) - Bill Clinton and Ireland's Denis O'Brien—Haiti's biggest foreign investor—are collaborating on a "Marshall Plan" for the nation. The leader of Irish telecom Digicel urged companies to re-invest in the earthquake-stricken nation. "Obviously we need foreign direct investment, but on a wider front we need a Marshall... More »

As Help Scales Up, So Does Haiti's Nightmare

Survivors increasingly desperate for aid

(Newser) - The staggering scope of Haiti's nightmare came into sharper focus yesterday as authorities estimated 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless in the quake-ravaged heart of this tragic land. In one step to reassure frustrated aid groups, the US military agreed to give aid deliveries priority over military flights... More »

Bill Clinton Visits Haiti

Ex-president, Chelsea tour Port-au-Prince hospital

(Newser) - Bill Clinton visited Port-au-Prince today, touring a hospital and praising the Haitian people as "heroic." The former president, who is also a UN special envoy to Haiti, helped deliver medicine and other supplies. "I'll be surprised and disappointed if 48 hours from now we're not feeding and... More »

Anger Erupts at US Takeover of Haiti Airport

France, Brazil, Red Cross furious at flight diversions

(Newser) - The global relief effort in Haiti has devolved into a nasty power struggle, with countries and aid agencies furious at the US takeover of emergency operations. France, Brazil, which runs the UN peacekeeping operation in Haiti, Doctors Without Borders, and the Red Cross all lodged complaints after their aid shipments... More »

Haiti Shows Why We Need CNN

Anderson Cooper's 'boots-in-the-rubble' coverage can't be beat

(Newser) - The appalling suffering in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, and Anderson Cooper's effectiveness at "boots-in-the-rubble" coverage of it, have reminded us of the importance of news stalwart CNN, writes James Rainey. CNN has taken an enormous beating for sticking with straight news over political commentary, as cable... More »

Geologists Warned of Haiti Earthquake

Calculations predicted temblor of up to 7.2 magnitude—but not timing

(Newser) - Scientists have known for years that the fault Haiti sits on was due for a large-magnitude quake—they just didn’t know when. A 2008 paper predicted a quake registering up to 7.2, but “it could have been the next day, it could have been 10 years, it... More »

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