Aid workers race to feed Haitians
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With a tropical storm warning issued Saturday for
"We are very concerned about Ike," she said. "Any bit more of rain and
Police Commissioner Ernst Dorfeuille told The Associated Press on Saturday that a news report the previous evening that quoted him as saying 495 bodies had been found in
Ike, a Category 4 hurricane, was expected to skirt northern
Wesley Sijuen, a 28-year-old father of twins and a 3-year-old son, trudged through heavy mud with seven of his relatives to reach a convent at a nearby mountaintop. His brother-in-law, 28-year-old Jean Emmanuel, said numerous Haitians were fleeing
"Everyone is trying to save themselves," Emmanuel said.
One gray-haired woman left on the back of a motorbike, balancing a bucket of silverware, glasses and other kitchen items on her head.
In the city, U.N. peacekeepers and aid workers delivered high-energy biscuits and water to famished residents, many of whom had not eaten since Monday. At least 40,000 people remained in emergency shelters.
"What I saw in this city today is close to hell on earth," U.N. envoy Hedi Annabi said as he toured the region on Saturday.
Dozens of children raised their hands and ran after U.N. food trucks that rumbled through the damp streets of
Food also was brought to hungry inmates at the local jail, several of whom had deep-set eyes, protruding ribs and labored breathing.
"We haven't eaten since the storm," said 32-year-old Sylvin Renold, who had been arrested on theft charges.
A total of 163 people have been confirmed dead in
"Please say a prayer for us," he told a reporter. "People are really, really, really scared."
The U.N. World Food Program said Saturday that successive deadly storms have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed scores of homes and plantations.
"WFP has first-rate logistics, and this storm system is putting us to the test," said Myrta Kaulard, WFP Representative in
U.S. Coast Guard crews expected to deliver up to 35 tons of supplies including rice, beans and water on Saturday. The U.S. Southern Command diverted the amphibious USS Kearsarge from
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