By Mark Memmott
There has been only "sporadic" looting so far in Haiti and the United Nations peacekeepers there have fanned out to help maintain order and distribute aid, a U.N. spokesman just told NPR.
David Wimhurst, spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission that has had troops in Haiti for five years, said the 9,000 U.N.-sponsored troops "are deployed in security operations" in and around Port-au-Prince and are patrolling "night and day."
And, he told All Things Considered co-host Melissa Block, "we're maintaining calm and order."
"There's been some sporadic episodes of looting, but I emphasize sporadic," he added.
Here's some of what he had to say:
As we reported earlier, though, the Associated Press is reporting that in Port-au-Prince today "looters roamed downtown streets, young men and boys with machetes."
For more of NPR's coverage of the crisis in Haiti, click here.