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HAITI QUAKE: World Vision Situation Update
Date:1/16/2010

- More relief goods, staff arrive, but challenges remain

- Children separated from parents a key concern

- Agency reports "race against clock" to save lives in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World Vision relief workers, in a race against time to save lives in Haiti, got a boost as relief goods began arriving in Haiti's quake-ravaged capital city yesterday.  Meanwhile, World Vision staff concern for Haiti's children continues to grow as they find more and more children separated from their parents.

Broken infrastructure a key challenge

Difficulties with broken infrastructure, limited airport capacity and concerns about potential security threats in Haiti slowed the delivery of humanitarian supplies to hard-hit areas in the first days after the quake. Even ambulances are in short supply, reported World Vision staff.  

"The basics are the hardest," said Dave Toycen, president of World Vision Canada. "There was a mile-long line for gasoline. It's a logistical maze out here."

The security situation could change rapidly if shortages of food, water and other basic supplies reach a critical level, the agency warned.  

With thousands in Port-au-Prince left homeless by destroyed or badly damaged houses, many are sleeping in the streets or at spontaneous settlements in public parks and other spaces.  World Vision staff have seen people living in very unsanitary and hazardous conditions.

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