Seven days have passed since the earthquake first hit Haiti and relief cannot come quickly enough for those who managed to survive. VIEW PHOTOS of the latest heartbreaking images of desperate Haitians taking to the streets, homeless and desperate, as aid trickles in to the wrecked capital.
Donations from international organizations looking to help Haiti continue to pour in, but so does the number of bodies found beneath the quake’s rubble. On Tuesday, a U.S. general on the ground estimated the death toll will reach 200,000 by the time relief efforts are completed, though that won’t be anytime soon. With its dramatically weakened infrastructure and outbursts of crime and violence, troops, doctors, and aid workers are finding it increasingly difficult to allocate the basic supplies many Haitians have gone without for a week.
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The catastrophic quake left anarchy in its aftermath. Amid the wreckage of Port-au-Prince’s streets, people are struggling to survive until they can find their way to one of the field hospitals hurriedly erected in the country’s capital city. Without any liaison to oversee the distribution of goods, many are left begging for food and water. Others, however, are scavenging through the debris from stores’ buildings for anything they can find in the ruins. U.N. peacekeepers are attempting to patrol Port-au-Prince as looting runs rampant. But some Haitians have taken the law into their own hands, banding together to protect their neighborhoods from theft. “ We never count on the government here,” one local told the AP. “Never.”