PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Doctors and search dogs, troops and rescue teams flew to this devastated land of dazed, dead and dying people Thursday, finding bottlenecks everywhere, beginning at a main airport short on jet fuel and ramp space and without a control tower. The international Red Cross estimated 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in Tuesday’s cataclysmic earthquake, based on information from the Haitian Red Cross and government officials. Worries mounted, meanwhile, about food and water for the survivors. "People have been almost fighting for water,” aid worker Fevil Dubien said as he distributed water from a truck in a northern Port-au-Prince neighborhood. From Virginia, from China, a handful of rescue teams were able to get down to work, scouring the rubble for survivors. But the silence of the dead otherwise was overwhelming in a city where bodies littered the streets in the 80-degree heat, and dust-caked arms and legs reached, frozen and lifeless, from the ruins. Brazilian U.N. peacekeeping troops, key to city security, were trying to organize mass burials. U.N. officials reported that 36 U.N. personnel, mostly peacekeepers and international police, were confirmed dead and almost 200 remained missing, including top staff. In Washington, President Barack Obama announced "one of the largest relief efforts in our recent history,” starting with $100 million in aid. The first of 800 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division were to deploy to Haiti from North Carolina, to be followed by more than 2,000 Marines. Across the sprawling, hilly city, police and U.N. peacekeeper trucks pushed down crowded streets, showing little sign of coordinated action. Small groups by roadsides could be seen burying dead. Other bodies were being dragged down streets, toward hospitals where relatives hoped to leave them. . At the collapsed U.N. peacekeeping headquarters, an Estonian guard, Tarmo Joveer, was pulled alive and unhurt from the ruins at 8 a.m. Thursday, 39 hours after the quake — a "small miracle,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in New York. For the long-suffering people of Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, shock and disbelief were giving way to despair. "We need food. The people are suffering. My neighbors and friends are suffering,” said Sylvain Angerlotte, 22. "We don’t have nothing to eat.”
The first team of Salvation Army personnel were scheduled to arrive in Haiti on Thursday. About 44,000 pounds of emergency rations were to be sent. Additional teams and supplies were scheduled to be sent within the next 24 hours.
Monetary donations can be sent at www.salvationarmyusa.org, by calling (800) SAL-ARMY or by mail to The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, P.O. Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728.
RED CROSSThe American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations that will be directed to efforts in Haiti.
Donations can be made by calling 228-9500, at www.redcross.org or by mail to the Red Cross, 601 NE 6, Oklahoma City, OK 73104. Checks should note International Disaster Relief Fund — Haiti. Also, cell phone users can send a $10 donation by texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999.
BAPTIST GENERAL CONVENTION OF OKLAHOMAThe Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma is planning to help victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Monetary donations can be sent to: Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief — Haiti Earthquake Relief, The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, 3800 N May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73162.
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF OKLAHOMAThe Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma is asking each of its diocesan parishes across the state to take up a special collection Sunday for Haiti earthquake victims. Canon Jose McLoughlin, diocesan spokesman, said anyone can donate to the agency through the diocese by mailing donations to Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma, 924 N Robinson Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102, or by going to www.er-d.org.
CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF OKLAHOMAA spokeswoman for Catholic Charities, an affiliate of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, said the agency is accepting donations for Haiti relief aid. Checks should be made out to: Catholic Relief Services and mailed or dropped off at Catholic Charities, 1501 N Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73106. Donations can be made directly to Catholic Relief Services by going to http://crs.org.
ADVENTIST CHURCHFrank Kean with the Edmond Seventh-day Adventist Church said the international organization Adventist Development and Relief Agency is shipping much needed relief supplies to Haiti. Kean said people can make donations to the Adventist relief agency by calling (800) 424-2372 or by going to www.adra.org.
INTERNATIONAL PENTECOSTAL HOLINESS CHURCHThe International Pentecostal Holiness Church, headquartered in Bethany, is sending aid and a relief team to Haiti today, leaders said. The denomination has set up a disaster relief fund that will provide both immediate and long-term assistance. To donate, go to www.iphc.org.
Donations total more than $5MNEW YORK — U.S. cell phone users have contributed more than $5 million in $10 increments to the Red Cross for Haiti disaster relief, by far the largest outpouring of support via mobile devices in history. The money is coming in at a rate of roughly $200,000 an hour, said Jenifer Snyder, executive director of mGive Foundation, the nonprofit group that is working with the Red Cross and wireless carriers to channel the donations.
U.S. envoy is among those killedWASHINGTON — A State Department official says the first American reported killed by the earthquake in Haiti was a foreign service officer crushed when her home collapsed. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley says diplomat Victoria DeLong died Tuesday, the first American identified among thousands of fatalities.
Former presidents lead effortsWASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has named former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to lead private sector fundraising efforts for Haiti. Obama called his predecessors Wednesday to ask them for their assistance because he thought Bush’s decision to mobilize former presidents during the tsunami was a good one, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday.
MTV Networks plans telethonLOS ANGELES — MTV Networks is working with George Clooney to stage a telethon for Haitian earthquake relief, MTV spokesman Mark Jafar said Thursday. Clooney representative Stan Rosenfield said the actor is in the process of helping organize the telethon, which likely would air Jan. 22 on all MTV Networks — which include VH1, Comedy Central and CMT — as well as on ABC, NBC, HBO and CNN. FROM WIRE SERVICES