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Aid trickles into Haiti as violence continues

Armed looters continue to plague the streets as first relief arrives after devastating earthquake

January 16, 2010 6:09 by

The first distribution of aid has begun in Haiti after the devastating earthquake there, as armed mobs continue to roam the streets and concerns over the violence and looting intensify.

According to a report by AFP, a vanguard of the 10,000 US troops being deployed to Haiti has taken control of the airport, which is clogged with tons of relief supplies, and has begun the first distribution of aid to quell the threat of violence.

The report added that aid is also being distributed from the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier where 19 helicopters have been carrying out limited aid drops.

In an interview with AFP, Haitian President Rene Preval praised the massive international relief effort but warned that the aid operation remains uncoordinated.

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