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The Pentagon is ordering another 2,000 Marines to Haiti, diverting troops that were on their way to the Persian Gulf and Africa region. Navy officials say three ships that left Virginia Monday for their regular deployment have been told to go Haiti instead for the earthquake relief effort. The first group of some 2,000 Marines already off Haiti's shore went on land for the first time Tuesday to help deliver aid. A Pentagon official says there are some 11,500 U.S. military personal in Haiti or offshore and 16,000 are expected by week's end.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has activated the National Disaster Medical System and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. More than 275 personnel are in the process of deploying to Haiti and over 12,000 personnel could possibly assist in the coming days.
President Barack Obama told Haitians "they will not be forsaken". The United States was sending 3,500 soldiers and 300 medical personnel have been sent there to help with disaster relief and security in the wake of an earthquake that knocked the Caribbean nation to its knees. The Pentagon was also sending an aircraft carrier and three amphibious ships, and Marines. The challenge there will be long-term. Parliament, the national palace, and many government buildings collapsed and it was and many lawmakers and officials are feared dead.
Air traffic controllers direct about 160 flights a day from a folding table next to a runway in Haiti.
President Barack Obama has promised that U.S. support for Haitian relief would continue long after the scenes of death and destruction fade from the headlines.
A shortage of trucks and fuel, exacerbated by the airport's limited capacity to receive, warehouse, and dispatch relief supplies, continues to hamper relief efforts in and around Port-au-Prince.
Locals needn't to look to the Caribbean country almost 1,500 miles away for a first hand account of the horrors from the 7.0 tremor. Members of the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue team were among the first responders to those who were trapped beneath the rubble.
Since the earthquake last January, Haiti has become a country of tents and rubble.
Critical failures, key government officials unable to make decisions, and lack of presidential leadership. Sound familiar?