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

unning low; resupply begins

World Vision, which has worked in Haiti more than 30 years, today reached an additional 1,000 families with relief items already stored in the country, but many urgent items such as clean water, medical supplies and emergency shelter resources were running low.

Toycen reported via Twitter: "Distributions are in full force - trying to reach as many people as possible. Still a steep curve to reach all those affected."

World Vision's supply chain is ramping up to bring in badly needed supplies. The first of a series of flights bringing emergency supplies for World Vision relief efforts in Haiti touched down in Port-au-Prince on Friday evening.

A Hercules C130 brought items such as hygiene kits, blankets, water containers, and shelter materials from World Vision's warehouse in Denver.  The aid group is planning more flights this weekend from Panama City, Toronto, and an additional flight from Denver, bringing more supplies, including medicines, tents, and shovels to remove debris.

World Vision staff are finding alternatives to the congested Port-au-Prince airport, including bringing supplies overland from airports and ports in the Dominican Republic, where the agency has a sizable presence.  

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World Vision teams have distributed first-aid supplies to more than ten hospitals in the Port-au-Prince area.  "Some volunteer teachers have been performing first aid for the past day or two to those who have been injured," reported Toycen.  However, he fears many will die of their injuries if not tended to soon.  "We a
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