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Relief Still Spotty, But U.S. Military Is Ramping Up Distribution

Men scramble Saturday to grab some of the relief supplies delivered by a U.S. military helicopter. ( i i

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Desperate for help.

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"Helicopters are becoming a more common site over Port-au-Prince," NPR's Tom Bullock reports from Haiti's devastated capital. He says that "the U.S. military began air-dropping water to desperate Haitians on Saturday. Today, it is expanding the effort."

Tom adds that "the 82nd airborne is expected to distribute water and rations at the main soccer stadium in Port-au-Prince — which has already become a makeshift refugee camp."

But, he cautions, "the needs of Haitians here far outstrip supply. Food and water remain scarce. Other basics — like gasoline for generators are often only available on the black market. And aid for the most part appears randomly. Often air drops are followed by desperate Haitians scrambling — and fighting — for the supplies left behind."

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    Firefighters yell for help as they try to put out a fire at the Pasta Mamma noodle factory in Port-au-Prince on Monday.
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    People scramble to pick up spilled spaghetti at the burning restaurant. With food supplies already low, the fire is yet another blow to a desperate capital.
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    A man grips a knife as he looks for other looters to come out of a shop near downtown Port-au-Prince on Sunday.
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    A man carries a shotgun as he walks through a collapsed burning building while trying to keep looters at bay on the streets outside in the commercial district of downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    A body, with tied limbs and apparent gunshot wounds to the head, lies in the street Monday.
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    Robenson Bernard cries at a hospital in downtown Port-au-Prince on Monday. Bedridden since November, none of the family members who used to take care of him have come since the quake.
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    A Haitian girl, whose nose and cheek were shattered in the quake, holds her head at the main hospital in downtown in Port-au-Prince.
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    A U.S. Navy helicopter flies over Port-au-Prince on Monday.
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    Soldiers with the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division prepare to board helicopters to create operating bases across Port-au-Prince on Monday.
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    United Nations soldiers hand out water in front of the National Palace on Sunday.
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    Across Port-au-Prince, people attend Sunday services in the rubble of churches.
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    A man walks past Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    A Haitian woman receives her first ration of foreign aid in a soccer stadium in Port-au-Prince on Saturday.
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    Haitians line up for U.N. food rations. Desperately needed aid is finally arriving in Port-au-Prince, but congestion at the airport is hampering efforts to get supplies to survivors.
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    Women stand in line for food rations being handed out by the United Nations Friday in Port-au-Prince.
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    A Haitian man tries to keep a crowd from rushing a U.S. Navy helicopter as it unloads water in a Port-au-Prince park.
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    As survivors await international aid Sunday, Haitian men pass out water and soda taken from a collapsed store near Port-au-Prince.
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    A boy uses a jug of water to wash off in a city park near the national palace.
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    Across Port-au-Prince Haitians are scrambling to salvage what they can. A woman carries a bag of clothing recovered from her apartment.
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    Refugees wait in a makeshift camp Saturday near downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    People gather around broken water pipes to collect fresh drinking water Friday in Port-au-Prince.
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    The streets are filled with people carrying their few remaining belongings.
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    The search for people in the rubble continues. A Haitian rescue worker helps the L.A. County Search and Rescue team in in downtown Port-au-Prince.
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    Haitians watch the L.A. rescue team's efforts at a collapsed building. Officials estimate at least 50,000 people were killed by the quake.
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    A boy tries to get a drink as looters scavenge the rubble of a supermarket Saturday in Port-au-Prince.
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    First Lt. Greg Bitner watches over Haitian men who have gathered at the airport in hopes of getting work.
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    Haitians leave Port-au-Prince on a flatbed truck. Other towns in Haiti were also hit hard, but not much aid has made it beyond the devastated capital.
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    A man stands on a rooftop yelling out for any sign of his missing relatives Friday in a devastated hillside neighborhood near downtown Port-au-Prince.

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