Survivor found amid rubble in Haiti after 11 days

•    NEW: Man, 24, rescued from rubble of Hotel Napoli
•    More than 111,000 people have died in the quake and its aftermath, government reports
•    World Food Programme says it has distributed 1.2 million rations
•    U.N.: Haitian government declares end to search-and-rescue phase
Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — A 24-year-old man was rescued from the rubble 11 days after a powerful earthquake struck Haiti.
CNN’s Hala Gorani, reporting from Port-au-Prince, said the man was sped away from the Hotel Napoli in an ambulance as bystanders broke out in spontaneous applause.
“One man told me, if this young man comes out alive, this will be an absolute miracle,” she said.
The rescue workers, assisted by Greek and American workers, initially used their hands to move debris before putting heavier machinery to use.
The man’s brothers said they reported hearing tapping from within the ruins of the hotel for several days but struggled to get authorities to the scene. A Greek journalist said he alerted Greek rescue workers after hearing the tapping.
Earlier Saturday, the government announced that it has ended the search-and-rescue phase of its response to the disaster and that more than 111,000 people had died in the quake and its aftermath.
The government’s figure, released by the United Nations late Friday, is the first precise death toll for the magnitude 7.0 quake that struck on January 12. It said 111,481 people were confirmed dead.
It is the worst death toll from an earthquake since the 2004 Asian tsunami and the second-highest death toll from an earthquake in more than three decades, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Some 609,000 people have also been left homeless in and around the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.
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President Rene Preval joined hundreds of other mourners Saturday at the funeral of Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince.
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A two-hour “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon Friday night featured musical performances by top acts and a phone bank staffed by dozens of celebrities.
Proceeds from the telethon will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, the U.N. World Food Programme, the Yele Haiti Foundation and the Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation.
Organizers did not say how much money the telethon had raised.
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Before the search-and-rescue effort ended Friday afternoon, the U.N. office said said, rescuers had managed to pull 132 people alive from the rubble.
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That number did not include two rescues Friday. An Israeli team pulled a 22-year-old man alive from the ruins of a three-story building, and doctors in Port-au-Prince were treating a 69-year-old woman they said was rescued Friday morning.
Doctors said that the woman was “critically ill” after being trapped for so long and that she may not survive.
About 120 to 140 flights a day are now regularly arriving at the single-runway Port-au-Prince airport, compared with 25 the day after the quake struck January 12, the U.N. office said. To relieve congestion at the airport, humanitarian cargo is being moved to a forward dispatch area at one end of the runway.
The Las Americas airport in Santo Domingo, in the neighboring Dominican Republic, is starting to report congestion as it becomes increasingly useful as an alternative airport, OCHA said. It will now be open overnight to accommodate the extra traffic, OCHA said.
The U.S. military has obtained landing rights at the Dominican Republic’s air base at San Isidro, about 135 miles (220 kilometers) east of Port-au-Prince.
Port-au-Prince’s main port is now working at 30 percent capacity, which should increase in the coming days, OCHA said. The port is only handling humanitarian cargo and is still closed to commercial traffic, it said.
Haiti is negotiating with the Dominican Republic to use the port at Barahona, about midway between the two countries’ capitals, for more humanitarian deliveries, OCHA said.
Those managing the land transport of supplies will need fuel, and OCHA said there is enough in Haiti to last an additional 18 to 19 days. But it said it expects no shortage of fuel because supplies of fuel will be able to enter the port during that time.
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One concern with cross-border traffic is the unauthorized departure of Haitian children, OCHA said.
Charities and aid groups have said in recent days they are concerned about the danger of child trafficking after the earthquake. Groups including Save the Children and World Vision have called for a halt to adoptions, saying many children may appear to be orphaned but in fact have simply been separated from their families.
“If children must be evacuated from Haiti because their protection needs cannot be met in country, the evacuation must be carefully documented, the children must be registered with the proper authorities and all efforts must be made to reunify them with family before any adoption proceedings are considered,” the U.S.-based Women’s Refugee Commission said.
The number of unaccompanied children needing support is greater than the capacity to respond, OCHA said. Authorities are working with unaccompanied children who are being released from hospitals, it said.
There are now 47 hospitals, 11 mobile clinics and two floating hospitals — from the United States and Mexico — in and around Port-au-Prince, OCHA said.
One of those floating hospitals is the USNS Comfort, a U.S. Navy vessel just off the Haitian coast. Capt. James Ware, the commanding officer, oversees a team of 80 doctors, including 24 surgeons and 140 nurses.
Ware said Friday that the hospital had received about 240 patients over 36 hours. In the next few days, he said, he expected the ship to treat about 150 patients a day.
Since the start of the disaster response, the World Food Programme has distributed more than 1,167,000 rations to Haitians in the quake’s aftermath. Most of the rations have gone to Port-au-Prince, but many have also gone to the towns of Jacmel, about 20 miles away on Haiti’s southern coast, and Leogane, about 17 miles west of the capital, OCHA said.
More than 580,000 people have received donations of water from UNICEF, five liters (1.3 gallons) per person, OCHA said. The International Committee of the Red Cross has delivered 30,000 liters of water, OCHA said.
U.N. officials are talking with Haiti’s national water authority about how to meet Haitians’ increasing water needs, OCHA said. Among the things they’re considering are private water distribution and creating new wells and boreholes.
Some 50 aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 or higher have hit Haiti since last week’s earthquake, according to OCHA.
There are now concerns that in some Port-au-Prince neighborhoods, including the slum of Cite Soleil, prisoners who escaped after the earthquake have returned and are attempting to reconstitute gangs, the U.N. said.

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One must think of the hundreds…thousands  who are trapped, awaiting rescue that will never come, slowing expiring a lonely and desperate death.  It is a frightening thought that will keep all of us – who have experienced the QUAKE PREVAL – as the Haitians call it, and its horrifying aftermath.

Not enough rescue equipment.

Not enough doctors.

Not enough food.

Doctors finally resorting to amputation as infections accelerate.

The Haitians, missing limbs, will live a a reminder of the awful moments, followed by desperate days extending from 1643 Hours EDT 12 January, 2010 on to infinity.


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