Crews Search For Survivors In Haiti School Collapse

A three-story school in Haiti crashed to the ground Friday while morning classes were in session. At least 75 children were killed. Isabelle Mouniaman Nara, the head of the mission in Haiti for Doctors Without Borders, talks about rescue efforts.

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JACKI LYDEN, host:

First though, we'll turn to Haiti, where at least 82 people are dead after a school collapsed yesterday. It happened in Petionville, just east of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. A three-story church school crashed to the ground while morning classes were in session. The reason, according to Haiti's president, Rene Preval, shoddy construction techniques.

Rescuers are still digging through the rubble finding bodies and survivors. Some of those rescuers come from Doctors Without Borders, and I spoke earlier with that group's head of mission in Haiti. Her name is Isabelle Mouniaman Nara, and she visited the disaster site this morning.

Dr. ISABELLE MOUNIAMAN NARA (Head of Mission, Doctors Without Border, Haiti): Basically, it's a building with three floors. The two first ones collapsed, and because it's on a hill, it's really difficult, and the concrete collapsed on the houses below. We received 58 patient injured, patient - kids, young kids, adolescent and adults, too, because in the school, there were the teachers and some of the parents of the kids. We have some severe trauma, head injury, bone fractures, too, so we performed something like 11 surgeries yesterday.

The rescue team on the site are struggling to reach the survivors, but this morning, they succeed to pull out three kids, two boys and one girl, not hurt, not injured. So, we're going to receive more help to proceed during all the day and during all the weekend.

LYDEN: You were at the site today. Is there any chance that more people will still be found alive?

Dr. NARA: Yeah, yeah. After the rescue of the three kids afterwards, we have more hope of trying to find survivors. The rescuers probably think that there are still people under the concrete.

LYDEN: Isabelle, when you went to the scene, what did you see?

Dr. NARA: All the population were standing on the roof or on the balcony and watching the scene (unintelligible). The whole population is still very shocked about what happened. And I know that they're upset because there are constructions - it's not a surprise that things like this can happen in Port-au-Prince. I think, right now, people are very quiet, very calm, and they really hoped to have more survivors. It's a dramatic situation for Haiti.

LYDEN: Isabelle Mouniaman Nara of Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. Thank you very much for speaking with us.

Dr. NARA: Thank you.

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