The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, is trying to send aid to Haiti. The nation is also bringing injured survivors out of Haiti to its hospitals.
According to MSNBC, hundreds of vehicles are coming over land from the Dominican Republic — the US has put a full stop on flights originating in the US to the Port-au-Prince airport, and rerouting to the Dominican Republic — heavy equipment, orange-uniformed volunteers, ambulances, emergency water and food. The correspondent (Tom Yammas [sp?]) on the ground says it looks like Biloxi after Katrina (except with help coming).
On the plus side, one UN staff member (a guard) has been rescued from the HQ where the whole staff was feared lost. Confirmations of casualties there continue.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that the rescue was “a small miracle” and that frantic search efforts were on for the 200 or so U.N. personnel still missing.
Ban said 36 U.N. personnel were confirmed dead.
“Many continue to be trapped inside U.N. headquarters and other buildings,” said Ban, noting that includes the U.N.’s mission chief, Hedi Annabi, and his chief deputy, Luis Carlos da Costa. “Other peacekeepers and civilian staff from many member states remain unaccounted for.”
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If you’re listening to MSNBC they’re talking about not clicking email links or doing web searches for ways to donate,
because (scumsucking profiteers) con artists and virus makers are using those methods to infiltrate, attack, counterfeit and hijack donations.
The places to go? home pages like the ones for the Red Cross/Red Crescent, Mercy Corps, or Shelter Box. Secure donations can be made there, or you can find toll-free numbers to donate.
Al Roker says officially 7,000 Haitian earthquake victims’ bodies have now been buried.
Michelle Kosinski says the president of the DR has ordered all hospitals along the border to assist Haitian victims.