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Earthquake survivors struggle while awaiting aid

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Survivors of Haiti's earthquake have been struggling to save their friends, relatives and neighbors, even as they await promised aid from afar.

People have been using sledgehammers and their bare hands to try to find victims in the rubble.

Survivors have been carrying the wounded to hospitals in wheelbarrows and on doors used as stretchers. The police have been turning their pickup trucks into ambulances.

And if there were any organized efforts to distribute food or water, they were not visible yesterday. Looting had begun immediately after the quake, as people carried food from collapsed buildings.

As darkness fell last night, survivors in Haiti's capital set up camps amid piles of salvaged goods. Thousands of people have gathered on blankets outside the crumpled presidential palace. Hundreds of them waved their hands and sang hymns in a joyful, even defiant tone.


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