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14 April 2024

Bodies pile up as Haiti begs for more aid

Haiti police officer chase a group of people away from a warehouse in downtown Port-au-Prince. (AP)


Earthmovers cleared rotting corpses from Haiti's ruined capital as donors met yesterday to draw up a recovery plan from an earthquake now known to have killed at least 150,000 people.

With strong aftershocks bringing new terror to the streets of Port-au-Prince, police struggled to control fresh outbreaks of looting in the city where hundreds of thousands are homeless, hungry and wounded.

Haitian police shouted out from time to time to deter the gangs, but with little conviction and less success. The police shot one young man, witnesses said, who was treated by US troops.

With the search for survivors officially over, mechancial diggers demolished damaged buildings and cleared downtown rubble in the tropical heat.


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