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President Obama- The U.S. Stands With Haiti

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says "one of the
largest relief efforts in our recent history" is moving toward
Haiti. Some U.S. resources already are on the ground providing
water and medicine, search and rescue efforts and airlifts of the
injured.

Speaking to reporters Thursday at the White House, Obama said
the U.S. government is making an initial investment of $100 million
for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti. He said the amount would
grow over the year.

He said it will take hours "maybe days" to get the full U.S.
relief contingent on the ground, because of the damaged roads,
airport, port and communications. He acknowledged that "none of
this will seem quick enough" to the many suffering.

To the Haitians, Obama promised: "You will not be forsaken."
He told them that America - and the world - "stands with you."

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HAITI-EARTHQUAKE DEATH
First American death reported in Haiti

WASHINGTON (AP) - A State Department official confirms the first
death of an American in quake-stunned Haiti, saying that at least
164 U.S. citizens have been evacuated since Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude
temblor.
State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley said in a briefing
Thursday that Coast Guard C-130 planes have airlifted 42 American
officials and their families and another 72 private citizens to
safety.
He said that another 370 Americans were awaiting flights out
today. There were some 45,000 Americans living in Haiti at the time
of the earthquake, and officials said few had contacted American
authorities in the hours immediately after the quake.
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UN-HAITI
NEW: 22 UN staff killed, 1 pulled out alive

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says a U.N.
security guard has been pulled out alive from the collapsed U.N.
headquarters building in Haiti's capital.

Ban told reporters Thursday it was "a small miracle" in the
grim search for some 100 U.N. personnel still trapped in the rubble
of the headquarters building and about 50 U.N. staff unaccounted
for elsewhere after Tuesday's earthquake.

The U.N. chief announced that 18 U.N. peacekeepers and four
international police officers have been confirmed dead.

U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said the U.N. is still putting
together a list of national and international civilian staff with
the peacekeeping mission who have died.

Ban said Assistant Secretary-General Edmond Mulet will arrive in
Port-au-Prince Thursday afternoon to take charge of the U.N.
mission and coordinate the international relief effort.

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HAITI-EARTHQUAKE: RELIEF EFFORT
Aid workers in Haiti face a logistical nightmare

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)- Aid from around the globe is showing
up in earthquake-devastated Haiti, but not without problems.

It took six hours to unload a Chinese aid plane because the
airport lacked the needed equipment. That could mean possible
bottlenecks as more relief flights reach Haiti. The airport was
damaged in Tuesday's massive quake.

Ship deliveries are impossible. The capital's port is closed
because of damage.

Trucks carrying police and U.N. workers are often stuck in
traffic because roads are clogged with pedestrians and vehicles.

Officials from a telecommunications provider says calls to
emergency services aren't getting through because systems that
connect different phone networks aren't working.
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FORMER US PRESIDENTS-HAITI
NEW: Bush, Clinton asked for Haiti help

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has asked former
Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to help with U.S. relief
efforts in Haiti.

Enlisting ex-presidents' help in responding to a natural
disaster is just what Bush did in 2004 after a tsunami ripped
across Asia. Back then, it was Clinton and the President George
H.W. Bush who assisted in relief efforts.

An Obama administration official says Obama has reached out to Clinton and George W. Bush, and that details of their efforts will be announced in the coming days. The official spoke on the
condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made.

CBS News Video of the Earthquake


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