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January 21st, 2010
08:23 AM ET

U.S. official: We're improving aid to Haiti

Washington (CNN) - Stung by criticism that aid hasn't been getting into earthquake-ravaged Haiti quickly enough, U.S. officials say they are taking steps to rectify the problem and the perception.

A senior administration official involved in the aid operation acknowledged Wednesday that not all aid, particularly medical supplies, was getting through fast enough and attributed it to two factors.

Dozens of planes were flying into the Port-Au-Prince airport in Haiti, carrying a variety of food, water, medicine and search-and-rescue gear.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said military personnel on the ground were sometimes confused about what each plane was carrying.

The military will now station aid officials in the airport control tower to assess the contents of each flight and to ease the flow of aid, the source said.

Also, a Web-based system has been created so that aid groups, donor countries and others can track when each flight is scheduled to land and the supplies it has aboard.

The official also said the operating procedure of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) says it can work without security only during daylight. The arrival of U.S. troops means they can take over a large share of security and speed the processing of aid.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Moonsamy Devi

    We know that American people are working hard for the Haitiens. What we fear now are heavy rains which have killed people after earthquake. Floods also are dangerous and can take lives ...
    What can be done urgently to protect people from the raining season.
    The world will never forget Haiti... We mùust continue to donate but to whom. The world populations have no confidence to different organizations. They help a bit but afterwards they will stop.

    If a fund can be created only for the Haitiens, it will be best for the help of this poor people. For example Hatiens 's fund which will be used only for Haitiens .... I have no power but it's heart break ... Please help...donate but to whom

    March 21, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  2. momforpeace

    I think everyone is doing their best there,but you have to realize that there are a lot of damaged roads and buildings,plus ports and airports that is not that big to accomdate all these planes and boats.The Americans there are like gods to the people and they are doing their best to pull out the people from the rubbles.

    January 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm |