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'Calm And Order' Are Being Maintained, U.N. Spokesman Says; Looting 'Sporadic'

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A Spanish rescuer carries two-year-old Redjeson Hausteen Claude after he was rescued from a collapse

Spanish rescuers freed this boy yesterday.

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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:

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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."

Much more from Melissa's conversation with Wimhurst will be on today's edition of ATC. Click here to find an NPR station near you. And check back here later for more of the interview.

For more of NPR's coverage of the crisis in Haiti, click here.

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