Lawlessness increases as Haitians wait for aid ( admin posted on January 15th, 2019 )

At least three people have been shot for looting in quake-stricken Haiti, as anger and desperation at the slow progress of the international relief program mount.

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An AFP photographer in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince reports a man in his 30s was fatally shot during looting and riots at the Hyppolite market in the heart of the city.

Other photographs from Haiti show two men with their arms bound suffering from gunshot wounds to the head in the Delmas part of the capital.

Delays in distributing aid

The increasing lawlessness in the impoverished nation has added further delays to the distribution of sorely-needed aid.

Food has slowly started to trickle in, but thousands of Haitians are still waiting for relief days after the 7.0 magnitude quake struck the nation.

An AFP journalist on the ground in Port-au-Prince reports of machete-brandishing men fighting over aid in a stadium crammed with people made homeless in the disaster.

‘Worst crisis in decades’

The toll from the disaster may be as high as 200,000, with the United Nations describing the disaster as one of the worst humanitarian crises in decades.

The US military, which will eventually have more than 10,000 troops on the ground, has taken charge of operating Port-au-Prince airport and tensions have risen as bottlenecks have delayed deliveries of desperately needed aid.

Buck Elton, commander of US forces directing flights at the airport, said that the smallest planes now take off and land on the grass due to the lack of a second runway, and that the traffic flow “gets better every day”.

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