Defense Secretary Robert Gates: “You cannot fully meet the needs of over 2 million people just using helicopters”

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January 20, 2010

A Navy helicopter prepares to land on the hospital ship USNS Comfort as it anchors in the harbor at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Comfort deployed as part of a larger task force of 11 Navy ships supporting Haiti with about 11,000 sailors, Marines, and civilians who are providing humanitarian aid to the battered nation. Defense Department Photo Essay »

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Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) U.S. and United Nations troops and rescue teams have stepped up relief efforts in Haiti as relatives of those still missing from the 7.0-magnitude tremblor begged them to keep up the search. Rescuers had saved 121 people as of late yesterday night in New York, the UN humanitarian affairs office said.

A 25-year-old woman was pulled from a collapsed shopping center in the capital following a nine-hour search, Agence France-Press reported. Survivors pulled from buildings had longer to wait for medical care as hospitals and makeshift clinics were overwhelmed, CNN said. 

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