Haitians clamour for food as two more rescued alive

Fri Jan 22, 2010 10:24pm GMT
 

By Patrick Markey and Matthew Bigg

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Rescuers pulled two barely alive survivors from the rubble of Port-au-Prince on Friday as hungry and homeless Haitians clamoured for food, which was slow in arriving 10 days after the massive earthquake.

An 84-year-old woman was pulled from under a wrecked building on Friday, the doctor who treated her said.

"They pulled her out early this morning. She was barely responding, she had wounds all over her body, and maggots," said Dr Vladimir Larouche, a Haitian-American doctor from New York, working at Port-au-Prince General Hospital.

"I treated her and made her stable. The (U.S.) army evacuated her to a boat," he told Reuters.

Elsewhere in the shattered capital, an Israeli rescue team freed a 22-year-old man from the rubble. Rescuers and local residents hugged and celebrated after pulling out the man, who was limp and suffering from dehydration.

Although aid from around the world has been pouring into the wrecked city in a huge U.S.-led relief operation, quake survivors camped out in the rubble-strewn streets still complained bitterly that they were not receiving food.

"We are hungry, we are thirsty, we can't stand it anymore. We want food, we want water. Down with Preval. Long live Obama," shouted a group of protesters outside the police station where President Rene Preval's government is operating.

Police pushed back the few dozen protesters.   Continued...

<p>A Haitian boy cries while waiting in line for food and water at a tent encampment in Port-au-Prince January 22, 2010. REUTERS/Hans Deryk</p>
 
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