Sec. Clinton, Other Diplomats Gather To Draft 'Action Plan' For Haiti's Government

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A woman carries a stack of wood past a burning tire and battery store in the aftermath of a massive

Salvaging what she can in Port-au-Prince.

Gerald Herbert/AP

Nearly two weeks after a catastrophic earthquake, Haiti continues to bury its dead. As we reported earlier, the government there says 150,000 bodies have been buried so far.

Aid is pouring into the nation, but the difficulties of getting it to the people remain daunting. Today in Montreal, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other foreign ministers gather to — as NPR's Michele Kelemen reports — discuss Haiti's medium- and long-term needs, and develop an "action plan" that helps Haiti's government "get back on its feet":



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Meanwhile, the Miami Herald writes that "while Haiti's earthquake disaster continues to raise millions in private initiatives, the largest providers of humanitarian aid on the ground are struggling to find money and resources to shelter more than a million homeless people."

And, according to the Herald, "the International Organization for Migration, the inter-government group coping with the homeless crisis, said it has only received about two-thirds of the $30 million it sought in a Jan. 15 appeal for tents and other aid."

The Associated Press adds that "the collapse of much of Haiti's capital has a large part of the nation struggling just to find a place to sleep. As many as 1 million people — one person in nine across the entire country — need to find new shelter, the United Nations estimates, and there are too few tents, let alone safe buildings, to put them in."

Finally, on Morning Edition today, NPR's John Burnett reported about the challenge of what to do with the heaps of pulverized concrete and other building materals in Port-au-Prince. He says some of it may be recycled:

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