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world to help haiti, on at 8:00 p.m. eastern, 5:00 pacific, hope p.m. eastern, 5:00 pacific, hope to see you then. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com hello there from the cnn center, this is "cnn saturday morning" for this saturday, january 16th. >> 7:00 a.m. in atlanta, the sun expected to rise at 6:25 this morning. there's a whole lot of developing news out of haiti to get you caught up on today. >> we're going to be dedicating the majority of our newscast this morning to the relief efforts on the ground. we also are going to be talking to haitian-americans looking for loved ones and those who found family member. we want to get you caught up right now. this could be a lot of
people are saying the critical day so far for haiti. medical help for the injured as well as food for the hupgry desperately needed. the latest for you now. the death toll still unknown. the united nations secretary-general says quote, we cannot do more than guess at the total dead and injured. rescue efforts go on, but heavy equipment is needed across heavily-damaged parts of port-au-prince, the navy hospital ship, "comfort" sails for haiti, not expected to get there for several days. it has a medical team of 500. later this morning, the former presidents, bill clinton and george w. bush, will join president obama in calling for help. overnight, medical teams left port-au-prince, a unit was ordered out, citing security concerns near their field hospital. >> the only doctor that was left, was our sanjay gupta,
working throughout the night with more than two dozen patients. listen to him describe it all to anderson cooper last night. >> this is a remarkable situation and a very frustrating one for sure, anderson. there was these tents put up earlier today. so many people have been waiting for it for sometime. you and i talked about it for quite a bit to give you an idea of what's happening. so many of these patients have been waiting for so long to try to get care. coming around the corner here, you can see patients lined up all through here. some of them did get care throughout the day today. in fact, about a couple hundred patients did get care. but now, what we're hearing is that because of security concerns, all of the doctors, nurses, everyone is in fact packing their bags and leaving, anderson, it's kind of dark, i don't know if you can see, but trucks going to be taking these doctors and nurses away. what is so striking to me as a physician, anderson, reporting the story for sometime now, is that patients who just had surgery, patients who had
critically ill are essentially being left here. nobody to care for them. it's really just a hard to believe what's happening right now. >> how bad can the security situation be? i mean you were there last night, past midnight. >> i know. and we obviously as you know have our own security team with us. and they're doing assessments continuously. and haiti is port-au-prince in particular does have some levels of violence that we've been hearing about over the last couple of days. there's been concerns about a mob mentality, there's concerns about looting. i haven't seen any of these things with my own eyes. but apparently it was enough to have the u.n. essentially try and -- evacuate these doctors. and so many patients who have been waiting so long to get care are not going to get care. and patients who just received major operations on this operating table over here, right behind me, are essentially just
being left here. they have i.d.s hanging, literally one of the doctors came over to me and 15id, here's where the iv bags, are, here's the stethoscopes, we have to go. i don't think they want to go, i'm not trying to imply that at all. i think they want to stay and take care of their patients, but they're being told to go. >> this was the scene we saw playing out last evening. sanjay, as he's working there, he's been tweeting as well, one of the best ways to get the information out about what he's seeing there. i'm going to share with you a few he did send to us. i will start here in chronological order. starting at 2:00 a.m., he's saying to us here, at a field hospital, the u.n. evacuated the docs, but my crew stayed with me, 25 patients injured badly, but we're making sure they get good care. at 2:06, he sends another, all my thanks, blessings and well-wishes to a couple of people he's naming here, for sticking with me here tonight here in the haiti hospital.
then at 3:45 a.m. -- sanjay stuck around here at the hospital after the doctors left. you're seeing video of the doctors piling up and leaving. another tweet he sent out at 3:45, i he said pulling an all-nighter at the haiti hospital. lots of patients stable. turned my crew into a crack medical team tonight. the final one sent to us at 5:00, an update i'll read it off my screen. saying we lost all generator power. sun will come up in about 30 minutes. now confident we will get all of these patients through the night. so our sanjay gupta reporting for us and still his responsibility as a doctor, and a doctor first to care for those patients. he's been at the hospital all night. we'll be hearing from him again later this morning. hit us up on twitter and facebook and our blog, let under the circumstances us know what you think about the situation in haiti. is relief getting there quick enough? is all being done to help the people of haiti, time is running out for those searching for survivors.
in the meantime, we'll get you to the ground in port-au-prince and our own chris lawrence. chris, it's been three and a half days since the quake struck, tuesday afternoon. how are things when it comes to getting the chaos calmed, and getting help, the much-needed relief and aid to those in need? >> well, betty, that's what we were trying to figure out, exactly how this, get from the airplanes and ships on the ground and get out to some of these neighborhoods, where the people need it the most. we started the day yesterday at the airport. we were seeing pallets and pallets of food, water, medical supplies, different things like that. we linked up with the world food program, that's got a big infrastructure here. that's been here well before the earthquake hit. we followed them as they picked up certain things. their big thing was trying to deliver two things -- water
purification tablets, so people could take the water they do have, drop the tablets in and the water would be sterilized and clean. and they're trying to give out these high-energy biscuits. they're easily digested. people don't have to cook them. it's a big thing here when people don't have the capacity. but as we went out, as we started to arrive with them, we found out just how frustrated, how angry some people can be, and some people are getting after days and days just living on the streets. we're in the back of a united nations truck heading to the center of the city. you can see we're jammed in pretty tight with a lot of the same supplies that the world food program is going to be delivering to the people of haiti. you can take a look next to me, you can see some of the u.n. guards, it's going to be their job to try to keep some form of order so things don't get out of hand. >> the trucks made it here to the park near the presidential palace. a lot of people starting to push and shove their way, trying to
get up to where the food is. you can see a lot of the men, pushing their way up. having seen any of the women. be able to get up here. it's swiftly getting a little chaotic here. they had to stop it. they start blowing their whistles and had to stop it about ten, 15 minutes ago. it just started back. but it seems to only be able to last for about five minutes before it starts getting out of hand again. the thing that i'm noticing, too, there's a lot of small kids in there. that are getting jammed up against other people. or they're getting pushed out of the way entirely. the world food program is trying to distribute water purification tablets and high-energy biscuits. the biscuits are vitamin-fortified and okay to eat. but a massive misunderstanding about the expiration date is causing people not to eat them.
>> it's not food, it's not good like that. >> not good! >> what's wrong with the biscuits? >> it's a bad thing, it's a bad case. >> what's happening is they're confusing the date that it was, that it was packaged on, which was 2008, with the expiration date, which is november 2010. i know it's hard to see, but he's basically yelling and telling people, do not accept these biscuits, because they're no good. >> they are very concerned, the biscuits are very good, they're okay. >> you can see everybody is following the truck. but there it goes, they're trying to even hold on to the back of it. but it's pulling away. a lot of people ended up with nothing. but i don't know if you can still see, they're running after the truck, trying to get it. and so, basically two things happened there. both of them incredibly frustrating. one, because a couple of people
misread a label, they yelled at other people and they got other people to believe that the food was no good. these are good biscuits, they're fine to eat. we saw people throwing them on the ground, stepping on them, angry, thinking they were being handed food that was two years old. the other thing is because people started pushing and shoving, mainly a few people at first, who just kind of pushed the crowd up there, they had to close the flap and at one point they were just handing it out through a little slit in the flap and even that had to be closed. then people were reaching through the flap into the truck. and because people pushed so hard, that truck had to leave. and i got to tell you, i saw it loaded up. they had to have more than half a truck full of supplies left in there. which means a lot of people on the ground didn't get the food, the water that they could have gotten. >> that is so unfortunate. because the situation is very desperate there. let me ask you this, when it comes to the chaos and the confusion, is any kind of order being established? is the haitian government
working to establish that? the u.s. military? someone? >> reporter: well, i think that's the big question. obviously, you saw the armed u.n. security guards there. i think those guys were from nepal. on one hand, you have to give them credit, in that they didn't overreact to the situation. you know, they blew whistles, they moved people out of the way. but it's a -- very fine line between perhaps doing too much, and hurting people in the crowd and provoking something. i don't know exactly where that line is. that's a judgment call on the ground by the security teams. but obviously, if you could get funneled into more of a line, have a larger, perhaps paramilitary presence there, i think maybe you could streamline that. you could see up there, armed, u.n. security guards, and that crowd still got out of hand. >> right, it still seemed a bit
of a free-for-all until the confusion set in and people started tossing the biscuits away and destroying them essentially. chris, great reporting from there, we'll be speaking again with you shortly. thank you for that. and you at home can help as well, log on to our website, cnn.com/impactyourworld, you'll find a list ever agencies providing relief. and you'll see a find your loved ones motd yule. with the state department's toll-free phone number on there. and a looking for loved ones photo gallery. you can see the names and faces of people still missing after the quake. well, our reynolds wolf is also following the weather in haiti and joins us live. >> the weather conditions there are basically what you'd expect for this time of year. it doesn't make it easy for the people suffering, about high temperatures in the 90s, nighttime lows dropping back into the 70s. when you think people in the
island nations and temperatures in the 90s without fresh water, there's a situation that's dire. there's a chance they may have stray showers later on today. still, highs expected to be in the 90-degree range through the weekend. maybe cooling into the little into the upper 80s by the middle of next week. back to you. thank you for that, reynolds. there's some good news to report, people in haiti using our camera crews, there on the ground to tell loved ones that they're okay. >> jeff, your last name is? >> moussa. >> you live in haiti? and your mom and dad's name? >> if any of you know them in miami, your son is alive a and well. joining us now is jean max voussau. >> my i'm yves jean st. john,
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welcome back to cnn saturday morning. we're giving you all kinds of coverage about the situation in haiti. we're going to keep you up to speed with what's happening here weatherwise in the u.s. the number one weather story in the united states is going to be this area of low pressure sitting up over parts of the gulf of mexico. and this low pressure is going to bring on quite a bit of moisture into parts of alabama, georgia and portions of florida. it looks like rain for much of
the i-10 corridor. but later in the afternoon could see a few thunderstorms pop up. we don't anticipate anything to be severe at this time. now back to haiti for a moment, let's show you the forecast they can expect in port-au-prince. for today through wednesday, high temperatures mainly into the 80s, 90s, lows into the low to mid 70s. pretty much what you would expect for this time of the year. this is basically your climate. but still, for anyone who happens to be out there and certainly trying to battle the heat, its going to be a tough time with very little water. no question -- it's a dire situation. t.j. and betty? >> all right, reynolds, thanks so much for the update. a big part of the story is a lot of family members trying to find their missing loved ones in haiti. >> it's so hard, because cell phone communication is sketchy at that. and just trying to get to a computer and let someone know via email. that's did he have as well, josh levs is sorting through this online. josh, there are hundreds of thousands of people looking for missing loved ones. >> all over the world. and we've been working on this throughout the night.
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let's take a look at our top stories this morning in port-au-prince, a group of people injured left behind without much medical help. the entire medical staff abandoned at a field hospital last night, taking their medical supplies with them. united nations officials ordered this evacuation, citing security concerns nearby. now, cnn's dr. sanjay gupta, our chief medical correspondent, has been the only doctor there through the night. he pulled an all-nighter at a field hospital in haiti. lots of works, but all patients stable. turned my crew into a crack medical team tonight. he followed another tweet this morning at 5:00 a.m., saying that the generator ran out. but they're getting everyone stable in that situation. so we'll continue to follow it for you. officials in yemen say air raids have killed six operatives in al qaeda with the arabian peninsula, the group that claimed responsibility for the attempted christmas-day plane bombing.
officials say the commander is among the dead. three other dangerous operatives are believed to have been killed. much of the earthquake coverage has focused on port-au-prince, but this is some of the first footage from jacmel, survivors lying in the streets, building ripped open. jacmel is about 25 miles south of the capital. we've been seeing some uplifting stories of people pulled from rubble. people who have survived. including the story we'll bring you of a baby that was rescued. and it was all caught on tape. >> the story behind what it took to save this little girl is pretty remarkable. but first, some emotional and heartbreaking images of haiti from "time" magazine. these photos can be found at time.com. ♪
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well, cnn i-report has now received more than 5,000 submissions from people searching for their loved ones. >> josh levs shows us how people are using the web to show people they are alive. >> reporter: good morning, guys, this is such a huge story that teams have been working throughout the night. i'll be here throughout the entire day following this. more than 5,000 now, so the numbers grew even further. i'm at the cnn international desk. i want to show you what we're talking about and how you can access this is you're looking for anyone you know in haiti. let's zoom in to the screen
behind me. we're leaving the links on the main page. you've got cnn.com and under it in little letters you have something here called looking for loved ones. and another one that says i'm alive. looking for loved ones brings you to this page filled with photos who have people who have sent in their photos saying i'm looking for my sister, my cousin, my aunt, someone i work with. we now have 439 pages, which totals more than 5200 photos that have been sent in. if you're looking for someone, you can type in a name there and you can search for that person. let's take a video here that shows some of the latest photos we've been getting here atti report. it's coming in throughout the night. you're seeing some of these, each has an accompanying story. and in each case, people are saying the last place that they knew the person to be in haiti, which city, what they were up to. other people they knew, other people who might be contacting them. and what's so significant here is that even amidst all the destruction in haiti, people are still getting online and using i-report.com from there. so what we've been doing is
we've been getting as many i-reports as possible, telling them examples of people who made it. let's zoom in 0 to this screen that says, i'm alive. messages from haiti. what you see are more people submitting videos saying here i am, i am, i'm alive. and if you look here at how many are listed as found, in our i-report, we've 56 pages now of people who have been found. apparently. so that's about 500 people. of those who have been submitted on i-report. and we're also posting videos for you of people saying, here i am, i'm okay, i'm alive. take a look. >> people especially my sister, that we're okay. in haiti. >> i want to let you know that all my tamly is okay, my daddy, my brother, my brothers, my sisters, everything is okay. we have no problem. we're all right. >> a couple of examples there, there are other websites that
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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com well good morning, everybody and welcome back to "cnn saturday morning." i'm betty nygen. >> and i'm t.j. holmes. we start in port-au-prince, as we saw this really a heartbreaking situation, war group of injured people were left without medical help. the entire u.n. medical staff left a field hospital last night and they took their medical supplies with them. the united nations officials ordered that evacuation, citing security concerns nearby. our dr. sanjay gupta has been the only doctor that's been with them throughout the night. just a couple of hours ago, he tweeted a message saying was pulling an all-nighter at the field hospital, lots of work --
we got an update from him hours ago, saying they lost their power, but all patients were going to make it. in other news around the world, yemen says targeted air raids in the northern part of the country have killed six al qaeda leaders. the dead include the military commander of the group al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. that's the group that has claimed responsibility for the attempted christmas-day plane bombing. also on haiti front again, the pan-american health organization urging international aid teams arriving in haiti to be self-sufficient. they need to have their own food, water, supplies, even ladders to get off the planes. officials say haiti's services are already stretched and can't support additional needs. we've talked a lot this morning about the critical need for medical care in haiti. the u.s. navy is sending help in the form of the usns "comfort" a fully stock and staffed floating hospital. but it won't get there until
late they are week. cnn's sandra endojoins me live from baltimore, maryland, where the comfort has been docked. sandra, haiti's first lady specifically asked for the u.s. to send the hospital ship on tuesday right after the quake hit. why is it just now leaving? >> reporter: well that's a good question, betty. it takes a couple of days, from what we understand, to fully stock this ship with supplies needed for the long journey and its mission is to really save lives and treat the injured of so many people down in haiti who really need the help. the medical care as you mentioned that they need after this devastating earthquake. now, this hospital ship is huge. it's three football fields long. one football field wide. take a look inside. we had a chance to go on board. and it has 250 hospital beds. a 550-personnel medical team. which includes trauma surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, obstetricians and gynecologists as well. a carrying a full stock of medical supplies and medication,
that so many haitians need right now. they have enough supply of food and water to last more than 45 days on this ship as well. so much-needed relief for a lot of people down in haiti. now the personnel is made up of navy, army and air force personnel. along with other agencies. and right now, i'm joined by navy commander, cappy curret. tell me about the challenges your team will be facing when it leaves for haiti this morning. >> the this ship, the usns "comfort" it's important to understand, that we know haiti. this ship deployed to haiti and the caribbean last year. we're familiar with it. stwl was some challenges there then. there's more now. we're facing certain, tremendous calamity of huge proportions. we're expecting a lot of people needing the care that our teams
can provide when they get on station. this ship can supply everything from trauma care to burn units to pediatrics. to dentistry. what the people of haiti need -- we can help provide. >> reporter: the need is so great there, though. how many patients will you be seeing a day and what kind of services will you be providing? >> we're going to be ready to answer all, all bells from what the, our leaders down at the joint task force and in southern command are going to require of us. and what the people of haiti need. a lot of that is going to develop you know, in probably we'll have a better idea as we get closer. the ship, the ship we know is too big to get into haiti. in fact, this ship behind us, if it was ashore, it would be the largest hospital in maryland. it's going to be, it's going to stay afloat. but we'll start bringing the people who need care out via helicopter, via small boat, big
boat. >> reporter: how many patients are we talking about? >> we'll see when we get down there. the situation will become more clear after we get under way. our main task is to get the capability off the pier today and get it down to haiti, to provide the care they desperately need. >> reporter: you mentioned all the patients will be taken on board the ship. will medical supplies be taken onshore as well? >> this has a fly-away capability, it does. so in fact, 250 beds, that's a starting point. it's actually can grow to 1,000 beds. you know, this has all the hospital care that anything, a normal hospital would have in the states. so since so many of the hospitals have been destroyed down there, this is bringing the capability that the people of haiti desperately need. >> reporter: commander surrette, thank you so much for your time this morning. the ship will be off the dock soon and it will arrive in haiti later this week. betty, back to you. all right, much-needed help on the way. sandra, thank you for that we'll be checking in with you as well
throughout the morning. well, aid is starting to arrive. one of the biggest problems for the people of haiti right now is finding drinkable water, our jonathan mann standing by live for us in port-au-prince. jonathan, good morning to you. people can survive a few days, one thing to go without food. but you can't go that long without water. >> no, you can't go without water. and if you're homeless here, that means there is no water essentially to be had. think of it, t.j., 750,000 people, according to the ministry of civil protection's estimate are still homeless after the earthquake. and they're forming tent cities around the city. basically, port-au-prince is a series of rubble-strewn debris, buildings still standing, but people for the most part, out in the open, getting by as best they can. just behind me, you'll see some of those people, they've spent three or four nights since the earthquake out in the open. those people in particular have told us about how precious water
is. some of them have it, some of them are slayering what they have, some of them simply don't. so what do you do if you're out, if you've got family, if you've got children what do you do with no water. so the people of port-au-prince have been moved by the plight of so many of those neighbors have been moved by the plight. we've been staying in a hotel that's managing to keep functioning and is actually offered, this is where comes down to, the 82nd airborne is in port-au-prince. a private businessman has simply put a hose, like a garden hose out the door and that's where people here are getting their water. have a look. in the best of times, haiti has an epidemic of waterborne diseases, this is not a country where people find it easy to find clean drinking water. and today, it's not a country where people find it easy to find drinking water of any kind.
most of the people right now are homeless, staying across the street in the plaza. with the first light of day, the plaza begins to empty out. people go about the business, the routines that they might still have, even after the earthquake. and chief among them -- is the business, the routine of finding water. now you'll notice an intriguing thing. one thing hasn't changed about haiti -- so many of the people who are coming here are women and children. still doing the traditional woman's work of finding the water. and they're crowding around a hose that is their only supply of drinking water for the day. these people haven't gotten any government help. they're sleeping outside, they're running out of food. and only the generosity of a haitian-owned hotel is allowing them to have drinking water from a single hose that they line up for patiently and tie to use. so what you're looking now are the lucky people of haiti, these are the survivors, these are
people who are bathing themselves on available water. they are brushing their teeth. they're basically trying to lead lives out in the open air. we haven't seen the kind of anger and frustration that's frightened some of the aid workers and disrupted the aid work. because there's been so little of that kind of feeling here. though there has been as well, so little of that kind of aid. these people are on their own for the most part, getting by with each other, with what they have. with the small amounts of water that they still have. the extraordinary thing is, is that we are just -- we're a three-minute walk from the presidential palace. we're in the very center of port-au-prince. we're in the -- well it would be like the national mall, if we're at the white house or in the red square looking at the kremlin. this is the center of the haitian capital. there's no sign of the haitian government and there's no sign of all the international aid that's promised to these people.
and so, drinking water? they've got a hose, t.j. >> that is heartbreaking to watch. jonathan, we appreciate you. thank you so much. for giving us those pictures and giving us an idea. and as jonathan is saying there, you don't see any sign of any kind of relief or anything getting in. but so much of it is sitting on the tarmac, essentially sitting there at the airport. they just can't get it out. again, jonathan, thank you, we'll check in with you again. stay here with cnn for the coverage on the earthquake and the relief efforts. you'll find a list of agencies providing emergency relief and you'll see a link to our i-report looking for loved ones' photo gallery. so even though i tried to keep my bones strong, it wasn't enough. now, once-monthly bonivais . it didn't just stop my bone loss. boniva worked with my body to stop and reverse my bone loss.
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coverage has focus on the capital of port-au-prince. but these are some of the first images we're seeing from jacmel, a cultural hub in haiti. this video was taken for us by a film school there. survivors, similar to the scenes we've been seeing in port-au-prince, lying in the streets, building ripped open, jacmel is about 24 miles south of port-au-prince. officials in yellen say air raids have killed six operatives with al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. a that's the group that's claimed responsibility for the attempted christmas-day plane bombing. officials believe the group's military commander is among the dead. he was the intended target of the raids. eeeeeeeeeee
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>> for those who have given up hope, for those who think there's nothing but horror, we learned a lesson in the power of faith. in the ruins of a neighborhood, where a hillside collapsed, a tv crew from australia witnessed what no one would have believed. they're told a baby girl is under the rubble. she's alive. and you can hear the child's faint cries. she's been trapped for 68 hours, no food, no water, alone and scared. >> she's been there all of these days without eating, she's weak. >> reporter: concerned, the rescue efforts are taking too long, a man from the dominican republic, working with the tv crew, jumps into the concrete hole. >> do you think you can get close enough to the baby. >> we're going to try. >> reporter: to get to her, he crawls over dead bodies and finally manages to pull her out of it all.
>> get some water! get some water! >> here, baby. >> reporter: it takes just 30 minutes, 30 minutes to save a little girl's life. her name is winnie. she's just 18 months old. covered in dust, she's stunned, but seems uninjured. they give her water and put her in her uncle's arms. they're the last two survivors from this now-broken home. winnie's parents are dead. her uncle's pregnant wife is also now gone. she's okay. she's lucky, one person says, and in spite of it all, that certainly seems true. a little survivor, an awful lot of joy, there are people still living against all the odds. >> just so very tragic. but just the small glimmer of hope in that search for survival. and each time you find someone that hope continues. and gosh, time is ticking and they're up against the clock. >> that's one front, trying to rescue those under rubble.
but the fight now is to keep people alive. people who survived just fine, many of them without a scratch on them, they now have to still worry about dieing in the aftermath. because they can't get food, they can't get water. >> they can't get medical help. >> so we've got two fronts still going on there. all right. well the kids already in an orphanage that you're looking at right now. when that orphanage collapsed, now they are sleeping outside. and many of them are being adopted by american families. but the process is in limbo, because the paperwork needed for passports and visas lies in buildings that have been destroyed. we've been showing you, as often the case, our dr. sanjay gupta, whenever there's a crisis somewhere in the world, he's always there to help cover the story. and with his medical expertise certainly comes in handy. but you have to remember, he is a doctor first. he's a correspondent second. so no surprise that he helped out a medical group, or helped out quite frankly when that medical group had to pull out.
he stayed behind and you're just seeing some of the pictures. this is what dr. sanjay gupta spent the night doing. >> he worked overnight at a u.n. field hospital with several dozen patients, he is the only doctor there. why did everyone leave? that's what we're asking this morning. he's going to join us live to talk about it. [ playing "mary had a little lamb" off-key ] he sure is working up an appetite up there. bet you guys are, too. how about some hamburger helper? cheeseburger mac... how 'bout some after the show? hamburger helper. one pound. one pan. one tasty meal.
well time is of the essence right now in haiti. experts and ordinary folks struggling to reach survivors under mounds of rubble. >> cnn's ivan watson got a firsthand look at some rescues. take a look. >> sarah, can you hear me! >> reporter: rescue workers call out to a woman trapped under rubble. >> we'll tell you exactly what room number is and you'll know exactly where you're at. >> reporter: this is all that's left of what was once the posh five-storey montana hotel. a place frequented by foreigners and diplomats. professional rescue teams have started arriving here from chile, france and the u.s. david barlow of fairfax,
virginia, say his squad made contact with a woman named sarah, trapped somewhere near what was the hotel bar. >> she indicated to us she was trapped, she wasn't pinned by anything, there was nothing actually holding her down. she was trapped in a void and she was okay. so it's just a matter of us getting to her. >> reporter: how critical is this period right now for people like this woman? >> obviously the first 24-48 hours is critical. >> reporter: but professional rescue workers are hard to find elsewhere in devastated port-au-prince. all too often, ordinary haitians have to pull survivors out of the rubble by themselves. at the ruins of a government office thursday morning, a team of volunteers pulled out two men, injured but alive. 36 hours after the quake. the main gate fell on us, this survivor says. a cinder block fell on my head, my arm and leg are broken.
the rescue team here consists of local residents. volunteers with no emergency training. everywhere you go in this city, desperate haitians are asking for help. she's telling me that she's a single mother, with one daughter. and the daughter is trapped here right now. she's talking and there's nobody out here to help her. at this house, we found 11-year-old anika salube. for two days, her right leg has been pinned under a metal bar. a neighbor with a hacksaw struggling to cut her free. thursday afternoon, she was terrified and in pain. but also, eating and drinking water. to save her, the volunteers say all they need is an electric saw.
and a few hours later, volunteers succeeded in cutting her free. she escaped the death trap, but her ordeal is far from over. she now has to find medical treatment for her badly-injured leg. in a city where the hospitals are simply overwhelmed. ivan watson, cnn, port-au-prince. >> cnn has learned that that 11-year-old girl, ivan watson just showed in the piece died the next day as a result of her injuries. first aid station she was rushed to lacked the proper equipment to treat her leg properly. her uncle says her last words were, mother, don't let me die. is just a peel away. explore all the delicious flavors. yoplait. it is so good.
>> we'll be dedicating most of our coverage this morning to the relief efforts on the grond and we'll be talking to haitian-american who is are looking for loved ones and those who have found family members as well. this could be a critical day for haiti. medical help for the injured as well as food for the hungry, all of that is just so desperately needed. here is the latest -- the death toll, is still unknown. the united nations secretary-general says quote -- rescue efforts go on. but heavy equipment is needed across heavily-damaged port-au-prince. the navy hospital ship, "comfort" sails for haiti this morning. it has a medical team of more than 500 professionals. and later this morning, former presidents bill clinton and george w. bush join president obama to appeal for help in haiti's recovery and rebuilding effort. but there's fear and uncertainty this morning in port-au-prince. the entire medical staff at one field hospital abandoned it
overnight, about five hours ago, taking their medical supplies with them. united nations officials ordered the evacuation over security concerns. >> our dr. sanjay gupta was there. he did stay through the night. he's been giving us updates via tweeting over the night. this is some of the pictures. here's a live one i do believe now. sanjay gupta is getting ready for his show, he'll be coming up at the bottom of the hour. dr. sanjay gupta airs here every weekend at 7:30. this weekend we'll be showing you a special. this is the same place where the doctors left last night. there's a community worker that we're seeing right now. it appears and they guess that many of them would be coming back this morning. even though some of those officials left last night. the story is that the u.n. ordered their medical staff out of this area because there was a threat that there may be riots and there could be some violence there. so they pulled them out. dr. sanjay gupta, however, stayed throughout the night, continued to treat several
patients there who did have some serious medical issues and essentially that he had no medical equipment to use to help them out. and again, this is a live picture. you can see there's a back-and-forth going on. can we bring this up and see what this conversation is possibly? >>. [ talking french ] >> we can't translate the french. we can't translate the french. but the woman on the right, who is a community worker, who is clearly upset last night about the u.n. group of medical staff leaving, we'll be hearing from sanjay gupta in a second. but take a listen to what some of the reporting was from him overnight. >> all the doctors, all the nurses -- >> all the doctors, all the nurses are gone. they're expected to be back tomorrow. they were not -- they had no plan on leaving tonight. it's an order that came suddenly. not even ten minutes ago and they had to follow orders. >> and they took their supplies. >> they took most of the supplies with them. they were not prepared, they had
come with the intention of staying all night and for the next ten days. however, the order came and right at this minute they had to follow the orders that they had received. >> i think they wanted to stay, but they had no choice here. >> the doctors wanted to stay. they were aware of the situation. >> what happens to the patients? >> at this time, we don't have any patient doctors. we do not have any haitian nurse. we were not warned about it. we told that we're going to have some coverage for the night. unfortunately, we were left with the patients. >> what happens? >> i guess, dr. gupta, it's just you. and we have an american soldier who came here from santa domingo to help. >> it's just me and him? >> it's just you, him, and the national reference lab. >> just a desperate situation there. dr. gupta, as we've been
mentioning, stayed overnight. basically rounding up his cnn crew and engaging them into helping those that were in need. we understand that everyone is stable. but around 5:00 this morning, he did send a tweet saying that the generator went down. but they were still working around the clock. they have not slept at all. here's his update saying that we lost generator power, sun will come up in about 30 minutes. now confident we will get all of these patients through the night. and of course we'll be speaking live with dr. gupta in less than 30 minutes from now. and assess the situation there once we get a chance to speak with him. up until a few hours ago, retired army lieutenant-generousen honore thought he had seen it all. >> you know the name and face, he oversaw the relief efforts after hurricane katrina, heading up the military response in haiti. he joins us now after spending most of the night on phone calls and reporting for us. glad you can be here. i want to address this thing
first. how do you balance, general, the security of the staff there, the doctors, with the work they need to do? when you see them and see that they had to leave, do you just find that unconscionable? or do you actually have to protect your people at some level? >> well you have to protect your people. but you, during search and rescue and saving lives, saving lives and doing rescue trumps security. there's a notion, as it was in new orleans, at the opening days of katrina, that word about rioting. there were no riots. we talked about snipers, there were no snipers. you've got to throw caution to the wind. people have to adapt and overcome. just like sanjay did. adapt and overcome. kept those people alive. and there's a risk associated with missions. we can't be leaning so much towards security that we allow people to die. and bless dr. gupta and his team for staying there. we were able to contact southern
command. and spoke to the watch officer. and they know where dr. gupta is, he's located at delvas 33, he's in an open field next to the university hospital. they know that. they're working with the u.n. to try to get that resolved. through the night. >> let me ask you about that response, whether it be the u.n. or the u.s. military. is that coming in fast enough? a lot of people will say, the journalists can get in there, why can't the aid get in there? >> i know these warriors, they're souds and sailors and airmen and marines down there. they're chomping at the bit to get in there. i can tell you those sailors on the carl vinson, they want to go, it's a coordination that's required. now that the u.s. military is there, along with the u.n. command, which has the authority in that area where dr. gupta is. throughout that area, for security. i can tell you from contacts i
made last night, and information i'm receiving on my email, the troops are ready to go, they best unleash the united states military and get them in there. four days after katrina, we had over 200 helicopters in new orleans. now haiti is a lot further away. you have to take all of that into consideration. but it's going to take a lot of helicopters, they're going to have to embrace the haitian people to clear drop zones, so the helicopters can land and they're going to have to work hard to get the communications in there. and that's what those ground troops from the 82nd will bring, they have radios with them. they'll be able to increase the communications between the u.n. forces and the u.s. ground forces and help weave the communication with those good samaritans on the ground. and the doctors that have flown in from all over the world. >> when do you expect that will start? >> hopefully today. we should see some more flow from the 82nd airborne today and
we'll tweak it up and see the rest of it. what they'll bring is communications. they'll allow the desperate areas of that area to communicateth and hopefully they'll bring more headquarter units in. you need more people on all points of the disaster, all sides of it. because you can't transit it on the streets until they get the streets open. >> we want to remind viewers, this is a live picture of the hospital we're talking about, where the doctors had to leave, the medical staff last night that were ordered out. they are arriving this morning. they were pulled out, the u.n. pulled their medical team out of this particular area, citing security issues. our dr. sanjay gupta stayed overnight with his news crew, actually and turned them into doctors and nurses. and kept those people alive overnight. but on this front, they're getting people medical help, general honore is a big deal. we have another picture we can show of this usns "comfort" this big medical ship, 500 medical
personnel, 250 beds, is still sitting in baltimore right now. a lot of people, most of us just don't realize, a lot of viewers wondering, we knew this would happen. this was tuesday's earthquake happened. why didn't this thing just hit the road, if you will. explain to people why this stakes sometime and takes a few more days to get there. and it might be a few more days after that before they start treating people. >> operative word -- hospital ship, that's kept in a warm state with a small crew on it all of the doctors and nurses and technicians that are required, the navy will pull them from hospitals throughout the united states and it's come at a great burden. but one that they're willing to do. but with the earthquake, with no warning, and hurricanes we have two or three days, they can get them ready, they start moving the doctors. this is not unusual. this is one of those things that you wish you could make it happen overnight. but it takes that time. and this is old ship, it doesn't move that fast. but when it gets there, it will make a big difference. the question, one might ask is -- we know for a fact that
the cubans have a medical brigade called the henry medical brigade. why the u.n. haven't engaged cuba about bringing the brigade in of 2500 doctors and nurse who is can make an immediate difference. the u.n. helped support them, they went to pakistan, they have done great work at many of the significant disasters in the last few years. the question is -- if the u.n. is going to engage cuba and bring them in. with that henry reeve medical brigade that could make a significant difference right now. >> there's a lot of questions, with the time in play. but the immediate need. there's been talk of maybe parachuting in, dropping say body bags and things like that, so that people can get what they need right now to help the situation on the ground. is that even feasible? >> some safety officer told them probably not a good idea to drop stuff. they've got to throw caution to the wind. they've got to take some risks. and they've got to adapt and overcome. i would suspect in the next
24-36 hours, you will start seeing parachute drops of critical things because you can't get them to the places they want. they'll have to get a lot more helicopters in theater right now, to operate off the vinson. >> body bags and food as well? >> absolutely. you can do it in good weather. people can see it coming down. it will not be an organized distribution. but any food and water is better than no food and water. word about safety and worry about risk of it falling on someone. you do it on the edge of the city where there's not much population. working with the u.n. forces, that should be done. >> we're getting to the point, you've got to do what you got to dw. general honore, it's so good to have you with your expertise, you're going to be here throughout the day. we'll be talking to you plenty. >> the capabilities in the logistics and the airborne capability we've got, it's no criticism of the military, we've
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desperation and frustration in haiti. it's now been more than three days since the earthquake struck. >> we're covering the angles for you there. our correspondents are in haiti and elsewhere. chris lawrence is in port-au-prince for us. he was caught in the middle of a near-riot over some food. we'll be checking with him. and sandra endois in baltimore with a u.s. navy hospital ship is preparing to leave at any moment. and our suzanne malveaux is in washington. we want to start with chris lawrence in haiti. you're getting the view of what's becoming an increasingly desperate situation. people looking for the
essentials, that includes food and water. >> reporter: yeah, t.j., early morning, already another hot, sweltering day. where tens of hundreds of thousands will be living outside again. trying to scavenge whatever food and water they can get. a lot of local businesses that have been able to reopen are pitching in, starting to put out hoses, offering free water. where people can bring up buckets and get it. we've seen a few water trucks around. people waiting in line. but some of the distribution isn't going quite so smoothly. i was in the middle of it yesterday, where literally a few people started pushing and it just swept through the crowd. where all of a sudden people everybody was crammed up against the truck. reaching inside the truck. grabbing food. some of the stronger people taking it away from the weaker people. women, some of the children jammed up against the edges. so again, i think there's an urgent need for some security to sort of coordinate and handle all of this distribution.
>> reporter: i'm sandra endohere in front of the u.s. navy ship named "comfort" and final preparations are under way to get the ship from its dock in baltimore and get it to haiti. now this floating hospital is enormous, three football fields long, one football field wide. take a look inside. we were able to go on board, where they have 250 hospital beds. a 550-person medical team with medical supplies and medicine necessary for the people who tedesperately need it. and they're expecting to treat about 500 patients a day once the ship gets to haiti. it will take a couple of days for the journey to get down to the island nation. but we're expecting is the ship to get there later this week. >> reporter: i'm suzanne malveaux at the white house, this is where former presidents bill clinton, as well as george w. bush will be here on familiar ground. they're going to be meeting with president obama at the white house. the oval office at 10:30. now as you know, clinton is
already the u.n. special envoy to haiti. but president obama picked up the phone on wednesday night, calling bush asking him if he would be a part of the humanitarian effort for these leaders to come together and do an international humanitarian project together. now this is obama taking a page from former president bush. it was bush, if you may recall, who actually asked bill clinton and his father, george h.w. bush to participate in a humanitarian project, after the indonesian tsunami, as well as hurricane katrina. all three of these leaders will get together today, focusing on trying to raise money and awareness from private citizens and investors when it comes to the long-term. beyond the emergency money, how to invest in haiti. the people, their education, as well as their well-being and their health care for the future. suzanne malveaux, cnn, the white house. >> we thank you all. and we have many more correspondents covering the story for you. this is just a fraction of the stories that cnn is bringing to you.
so definitely stay with us throughout the morning. so many of you out there want to help. you want to give to an organization that you think is the best way to go. but you're not sure which one. josh levs here to make sure you're not taken advantage of. >> reporter: the fbi has sent out a warning about this, about contributing to charities for haiti. beware of some scams that are out there. there are a few key steps you should follow to give safely. plus calcium and vitamin d. new yoplus. the proactive nutrition yogurt.
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>> reporter: i'll talk you through some steps. you're right about huge amounts of money. according to philanthropy.com, it's now about $100 million, that's a drop in the bucket. the u.n. is trying to raise $560 million for haiti. but still, $100 million in this short of time, pretty big. the key here is to not get taken advantage of. this is cnn.com's impact site. i'll tell you more about it. this is one of the stories we link you to. fbi warning of haiti earthquake scams. the fbi is saying there are people out there trying to take advantage of you right now. trying to take advantage of your good intentions. there are fake emails. there are fake facebook messages, pretending to be charities. there's a few key steps you should follow. i'll talk you through a few basics. any time you're looking at a charity, especially if it's one you're not familiar with, ask for their phone number and mailing address. double-check it and then check for their registration. in order to figure out what that means, i'll show you in a second how to check the registries.
and there are some things you should not do. a few don'ts for you, don't give any personal financial information, a legitimate charity won't need to know your bank account. don't donate cash, you want to track what happens with a check or credit card. if receive an email, even if it looks like it's from a legitimate agency, don't open the attachments. there are people out there pretending to be with legitimate agencyings giving you these attachments that could mess up your computer big-time. so follow those. now here's the easy way to know what you can trust. let's go back to the screen to impact. impact your world, what we do, cnn.com/impact, we link you to tons of legitimate agencies. you don't need to see the words here. just know that every single line is a legitimate agency that's been vetted, that's watched by something called charity navigator that shows you what happens to your money. here's a few examples, mercy corps is one. operation blessing. world relief. a few examples of with a we're
linking you to here at impact your world. this is a safe way to give, knowing you can trust these agencies. >> all right. everybody is worried about all of this money, josh. how long does it take? once you hit the some people have been sending text messages to donate money and sending monday in. whatever they do, how long does it take to actually get and actually turn into something on the ground? >> reporter: that's interesting. it can take three months. the red cross is saying, yeah for your text that you send in money to the red cross, it will take about three months in a lot of case force that money to turn into money on the ground. but they're also trying to let people know that doesn't mean they're not acting now. what they're doing now, the red cross for example, they're taking money out of their reservoir and they're using it right now and they'll replenish it with your the money that you've sent in through texts. so in some cases, the contributions take a while, but the agencies are acting right away. and they're looking ahead, making plans for a month, six months, even a year. just a few examples. let me let you know all this information is here at your
online resource for all of this, cnn.com the place you can go to get all the latest about this, about impact your world, which we were taking a look at. and you'll see a link to our i-report we're talking to you throughout the day about. looking for loved ones, finding out if they're okay. all of sites right there. betty and t.j., back to you. josh, thank you for that. doctors at a field hospital in haiti were forced to he have loo because of security concerns. but our dr. sanjay gupta stayed behind. >> he worked all through the night, treating dozens of patients. we have his story next. "sanjay gupta m.d." begins after the break. heep ♪ to get out of those tubs? when we want. when we're in the mood. it's our choice. announcer: today, guys with erectile dysfunction
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