January 15, 2010

Critical 72-hour window closing for earthquake victims

Posted: 09:25 AM ET

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Disaster and emergency experts warn that earthquake-ravaged Haiti is facing fresh tragedy as time becomes ever more crucial to rescue efforts.

They said most people killed in an earthquake die within the first 72 hours.

Rescue efforts in Haiti have been chaotic, hampered by a lack of resources and infrastructure, and emergency workers face a race against the clock to save those feared still trapped under rubble and to keep the injured and hungry alive.

Friday will be pivotal, said Tammam Aloudat, senior officer for health and emergency for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland.

After Friday, Aloudat said, aid workers should focus their energy on those who survived the quake to prevent further tragedy and unnecessary loss of life.

"Very soon, attention should go to avoiding epidemics," he said.

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Donita Marshall   January 15th, 2010 9:58 am ET

My husband and I would like to open our home to a Haitian or American child caught in the earthquake until things are better there. I called the White House, they sent me to the State Dept. I called them, they sent me to the Haitian Embassy in DC, of course I can't get through. If other allies did this at least the children can receive the care they need and the rescue efforts won't have to worry about the children. They can be returned to their country and families once things are better.

Ted   January 15th, 2010 10:00 am ET

Haiti desperately needs medical doctors and watching Sanjay Gupta parading around makes me angry!!
What is he, a mediciner, a TV commentator or a Hollywood star??

All mediciner start with the normal general study, later they specialize in different part of the medicin. Dr. Gupta should be able to handle people with bleeding wounds, broken limbs, etc.
Instead he is cuddling babies for the show and putting on bandages that could be done by a Red Cross voluntare!
Stop the show Dr. Gupta, get your bag and start helping the dying people without the cameras recording every move you make. You talk a lot, but do very little. Shame on you, this is not the time to further your career!

Digital Dude   January 15th, 2010 11:23 am ET

How is it that CNN can put together a news team, get them into Haiti and get them on the air – LIVE, no less – and yet government bureaucrats from around the world can't get a drop of water delivered to the people in need? Thanks to CNN, we are watching a Katrina-like event play out all over again and it's just plain STUPID!

Before moving to Mexico last May I took an 8-week training course in community emergency response becasue I knew the infrastructure down here would be less than what I was used to. The course, ultimately sponsored by the the same clowns at FEMA who botched the Katrina relief efforts, focused mostly on how to set up an organization (actually a fairly sophisticated bureaucracy) BEFORE getting around to actually providing any help and you're seeing that same mentality on the ground in Haiti right now. By the time they have all their check lists and flow charts and team leaders in place, another 10,000 people will have died. What they SHOULD do is get the Hell out of the way and let CNN handle the logistics – they have proved over and over again that they know how get things done quickly and efficiently!

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

Good Morning Ted

I understand your feelings, Ted. There may be problems that we are not aware of. All MDs in the US must have a current license. Maybe his license has expired and he is concerned about potential lawsuit or whatever. I would risk the lawsuit in order to save a life. But some people are afraid of losing everything. You have a big heart, Ted!

Henri-Claude   January 15th, 2010 12:15 pm ET

Larry, since the quake strikes over port-au-prince, Haiti 3 days ago we can't get in touch with our loves one.It"s very difficult for my mom whose 68 yrs old for myself and my sister in South Fl. You guys have been doing a good job keeping everyone updated on the situation, if you can ,through satellite, ask Anderson Cooper and the others to find out about Jean-Robert Eugene whose with the National police and Roberto Eugene,they both live in Mahotiere, Carefour. Eliamie Paul, Nicole Eugene, and Elcy eugene would like to know if they"re ok.. they need to call their mom if it's possible.
thank you and God bless.

ALBERT ARVISO   January 15th, 2010 12:55 pm ET

The monie is need here in American on Navajoland, still need indoors plumbing, no electricity yet and running water.
We not help Our own people and how are we going do theirs. Why not here in USA.
Still happening since mid 1400's and still we are pass over again.

JSFlorida   January 15th, 2010 1:01 pm ET

I'm thankful that Americans are helping even as they are being mistreated by the banking industry and the medical insurance industry. Chase just denied assistance I needed to pay off a high-interest credit card, but is donating 1 Million dollars to the relief effort. I'm glad they turned me down so they could help people in much worse shape than I am! I love this country-America.

susan king   January 15th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

It may be too late to do this, but should another tragedy like this occur, it would be so helpful if people on the ground could take photos of the deceased before they are put into mass graves. These pictures could be posted so that family members might have closure if they know their loved ones were actually found and buried.

Dodie   January 15th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

@ Donita Marshall

What a kind jesture! Thank You

I think you might do better with the red Cross... You can contact American Red Cross at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767)

lgj   January 15th, 2010 1:35 pm ET

Can you please stop giving out Wyclef organization phone number because his company is a fraud. It has been know for many years but for those who are not familiar with Haiti need to know.

Wyclef Jean Charity's Funny Money
Haiti earthquake aid pours into group that has enriched singer
JANUARY 14–The Haiti earthquake has already triggered hundreds of thousands of donations to musician Wyclef Jean's charitable foundation, which expects to raise upwards of $1 million a day in the disaster's wake. However, Internal Revenue Service records show the group has a lackluster history of accounting for its finances, and that the organization has paid the performer and his business partner at least $410,000 for rent, production services, and Jean's appearance at a benefit concert. Though the Wyclef Jean Foundation, which does business as Yele Haiti Foundation, was incorporated 12 years ago–and has been active since that time–the group only first filed tax returns in August 2009. That month, the foundation provided the IRS with returns covering calendar years 2005, 2006, and 2007–the only periods for which it has publicly provided a glimpse at its financial affairs. In 2006, Jean's charity reported contributions of $1 million, the bulk of which came from People magazine in exchange for the first photos of a pregnant Angelina Jolie (the actress reportedly directed that the publication's payment go to Jean's charity, not her personally). As seen on the following pages from the foundation's 2006 tax return, the group paid $31,200 in rent to Platinum Sound, a Manhattan recording studio owned by Jean and Jerry Duplessis, who, like Jean, is a foundation board member. A $31,200 rent payment was also made in 2007 to Platinum Sound. The rent, tax returns assure, "is priced below market value." The recording studio also was paid $100,000 in 2006 for the "musical performance services of Wyclef Jean at a benefit concert." That six-figure payout, the tax return noted, "was substantially less than market value." The return, of course, does not address why Jean needed to be paid to perform at his own charity's fundraiser. But the largest 2006 payout–a whopping $250,000–went to Telemax, S.A., a for-profit Haiti company in which Jean and Duplessis were said to "own a controlling interest." The money covered "pre-purchased...TV airtime and production services" that were part of the foundation's "outreach efforts" in Haiti. No further description of these services was offered, though the return claimed that "the fees paid are below market" and that the use of Telemax was the "most efficient way of providing these services." The group's tax returns also report "consultant" payments totaling $300,000 between 2005-2007, while the 2006 return reported nearly $225,000 in "promotion and PR" costs. These line items are not itemized further in the IRS returns. (6 pages)

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rebirth   January 15th, 2010 1:57 pm ET

Prayers to those in Haiti

Ted   January 15th, 2010 2:13 pm ET

As injured people lie around on the streets needing immediate attention from a medical doctor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta walks around like a tourist guide telling us to look left and to look right!!!!

He must have heard of the hipocratical oath that every doctor must help when his services are needed!!
We could use hundreds of more doctors in Haiti to linder the pain and suffering, but this joker walks around gabbling about this and that.
The oath is obligating him to help regardless the status of his license. Besides, I really doubt if anyone checks licenses in Haiti.
What he is doing could be done by any other reporter, gabbling, gabbling and gabbling.

CNN, tell Dr. Gupta to shut his mouth and get on with the job of helping people!!! I really wish someone would file charges against him in the USA, those laws apply internationally.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

Where is Big Pharma? Shouldn't they be donating free pain medicines and critically needed antibiotics? Didn't they make 6 Billion extra dollars from American seniors last year paying for their high priced 'legal' drugs?

Where is Big Oil? Shouldn't they be helping out with the critically needed fuel supplies there in Haiti? Didn't they make a surplus of Billions of extra dollars this year as oil prices surged higher?

3sa   January 15th, 2010 3:58 pm ET

During WWI and WWII packages of supplies were 'dropped' for the relief of our troops and 'friendlies'. Why can't they do this during an emergency. I wondered about this during Katrina when all those people needed water. I wonder about it now. Keep working on the roads and transportation by truck, but in the meantime, drop water and food by helicopter or plane attached to parachutes.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 4:59 pm ET

Money certainly appears to talk in Haiti, although the Haitians now find that their money is worthless when there is no food nor water availiable to purchase at any price.

UNICEF and the State Dept. appears to have privately funded special rescue teams from Europe to rescue their trapped counterparts who 'somehow' were on the scene of the Haitian earthquake nearly immediately after jetting out from their Scandinavian base within hours after the initial earthquake.

My concern is that as the outlining roads are opened up and helicopter teams are tasked to adjoining city's from Port au Prince, the world is going to find a wide swath of destruction extending well beyond the boundary's of the Haiti capital where there is presently no outside aid whatsoever. The Haitian people and children trapped in schools and buildings in those outlining city's are entirely on their own until neighbors dig them out or heavy equipment is eventually brought in.

America should look long and hard at the utter devastation in Haiti's capitol. That is what the Republican party and Republican lawmakers have been pushing America to do with a war against Russia for many years. Every single US State capitol in America would look like Port au Prince and we would be lucky if a neighbor dug us out.

joan nemeth   January 15th, 2010 5:22 pm ET

I agree, where is the big oil countries? Their silence is deafening. Their money should have been the first to be donated.

joan nemeth   January 15th, 2010 5:34 pm ET

Countries like Saudi Arabia have been silent on the Haiti disaster, why?

JamesB   January 15th, 2010 5:43 pm ET

@Smith, Oregon.

Excuse the cliche, but enough already. The constant negative comments really drain people and discourage many from posting comments.

1. Perhaps President Obama asked former G. W. Bush to join President Clinton because President Obama said many times during his campaign that he wanted a bipartisan effort in Washington so he's walking the talk instead of having Carter and Clinton, both Democrats. Or perhaps he asked G. W. Bush because it was George H. W. Bush who worked years with Bill Clinton on such initiatives but now G. H. W. Bush is not that well.
Or maybe President Obama, now having been in office a year and looking at the polls and his ratings, realizes that given the ugliness in our society today, any president is going to have a tough time pleasing the people.

2. You again mention the monies given to Haiti by the Bush administration. Rest assured, with all that is going on, this will not be addressed. I certainly cannot say if the dollars went where intended or not. But should we not look ahead. If this is a serious concern to you, then perhaps we should talk about how we can make sure the current $100 million goes where intended. Let's focus on our current government since we have little control over the past.

3. You again mention big pharma. Where would you ever get the idea that they are not donating significantly to this initiative. I am surprised given all the facts (?) that you post routinely that you would be so misinformed. Big pharma gives away millions every year; perhaps you might google "pharmaceutical river blindness, aids, asthma, etc." Perhaps you might inquire as to how much free product pharma gives away every year in this country to those making less than 3 x poverty and who apply for it. It is in the many millions if not billion. I cannot confirm your 6 billion; I can confirm that 70% of drug utilization is generic and would have to assume much of that utilization is by seniors. Can't make is much cheaper than generics.

4. If you want to know what oil companies, pharma, and others are giving, you can inquire. Some companies' contributions are already available online; just search a little.

5. Yes, Mitt Romeny is a Mormon; and your point is???

5. And oh, as for Republicans wanting forever to go to war with Russia. I'm not even a Republican but perhaps that's true. I once heard also that they wanted Santa to attack the Easter Bunny so I am thinking now that's probably true too.

Just once in a while, give us a rest. This is about Haiti and not about how much someone from a particular political party hates the other party. Fortunately those filled with hate on the far left and far right will not control the elections.

shelove   January 15th, 2010 8:39 pm ET

Larry I have a question, I know a lot of people that file for relative in haiti and are just waiting for the haitian goverment to approves their visas, and those people are in port-au-prince and got trap in this disaster, I would like to know what is the next step for these people that are waiting on those visas and that are basically trap with no place to go?

lyle c richardson   January 15th, 2010 8:48 pm ET

haiti is in more deep trouble as another day has gone by, time is precious, as in my opinion has been wasted.. besides , naturally the search and rescue teams- the ist response should have been our airborn paratroops, specialists, and medical or paramedics dropped.. tthis should have been done well over 60 hours plus ago to give the haitians hope.they could have been activated and dropped in almost immediately, since the airport is clogged and the seaport has major damage, and haitis roads or highways impassable... the airborn troops go 1st, followed by their cargo ( such as medicines, water, food, portable potties, generators, blankets, tables, etc, and a huge allotment of tents– TO MAKE TENT CITY OR MULTIBLE TENT CITIES, THAT COULD BE SET UP RATHER QUICKLY WITH THE DESIGNATED AIR DROP... the haitians would have at least tent city now or multible tent cities with much needed medical help and supplies- includes the lighting for designated areas.. also a possible small secure police security force – working with haiti the best they can to give hope to the people of haiti.. as night is coming again, darkness- closing in once again, the haitians will be strained to their limits– as turmoil could break at any time..?? i still fear the DEATH TOLL WILL CLIMB TO OVER 200,000– FROM THE BODIES IN THE STREETS, COLLAPSED BUILDINGS, ETC, AND OTHER AREAS OF HAITI HARD HIT.. disease will spread with water contaimination,etc, of unknown burieal grouns, tombs,etc- - with unfortuantely the bodies not being prepared properly with diginity and records kept of the deceased... TENT CITY LIGHTS WOULD BE - HOPE GIVE THE HAITIANS A GLIMMER OF HOPE,, AS COMPARED TO FACING ANOTHER NIGHT OF PITCH BLACK DARKNESS, UNCERTAINTLY, STILL VERY LITTLE MEDICAL HELP EVEN AFTER 3 DAYS- YES 3 DAYS, NO SECURITY, NO POLICE FORCE AVAILABLE ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT .. I THINK THE GOVERNMENT OF HAITI WOULD AGREE TO LET SOME MILITARY COME IN AND COINCIDE WITH HAITIS GOVERNMENT... in the days and weeks to come haiti will face the gates of hell due to disease, infections,etc, and so much more death– COMING INTO THE BLACKNESS OF THE NIGHT.... this is my opinion and my opinion only,, some body hasnt learned from hurricane katrinia- i sincerely believe the airborn troops and air drops would have saved human lives and gave hope.

Candice L   January 15th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Larry, thank you for your efforts to reunite Hatians and for sharing their stories.

Still, if you or someone at CNN reads this, please pass this thought to the highest levels, even the US president: many are reporting that the mission is for "orderly distribution" of aid, but it should be emergency distribution!

Run it, bike it, hike it, fly it, drive it, push it, whisk it off the hot runway where it rots to people who are dying.

Kat   January 15th, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Larry, I struggle with you each night in pain too. Why can't they use helicopters to drop food and water??

Why can't they air lift people like that little 11 year old girl who did not have to die after so much work and suffering?

Jerry Mok   January 15th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

Mr Larry King,
From your 27 million dollars a year stemming from your banal show, I'm curious as to how much you donated to the Haitian effort. And? I am very interested.

Thank you for a possible responce.

Beth(Texas)   January 15th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Larry..... Col Honeree should go to Haiti and get everything organized. He did wonders for New Orleans

Anne D   January 15th, 2010 10:29 pm ET

Good point. They are in dire need of serious organization which would enable them to save a lot more lives.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 15th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

@ JamesB, if the $208 Million American taxpayers gave the Bush-Cheney administration in 2007 for Haiti economic aid went to the people of Haiti instead of a small group of Bush-Cheney friends:

1) There would be new desalination plants providing Port au Prince critically needed fresh water now when they desperately need it. Now US Warships have to provide it until private aid groups can take over with the desalination efforts.

2) There would be stockpiles of emergency medical supplys. In the Hurricaine stricken region, the FACT that Haiti's Capitol city is lacking emergency medical supplys points to the fact that none of the recent $208 Million dollars was spent to have them.

3) There would be stockpiles of emergency medicine including antibotics, painkillers and anti-viral drugs for malaria. The FACT that Haiti's Capitol city is entirely lacking in antibotics and painkillers points to the fact that zero of the recent $208 Million dollars was spent to have them.

JamesB, a great many people in Haiti are suffering specifically due to the FACT that $208 Million dollars the American taxpayers gave to the Bush-Cheney administration was not spent on providing even the most essential and critical of services for the people of Haiti.

Charrise   January 15th, 2010 11:11 pm ET

Thank you James!! I'm so glad someone spoke up, as the same people repetitively post the same nonsensical comments, leaving NO room for people who really need to get through and post pertinent information, requests for help and pleas for assistance.

It is rude, insensitive, and a sickness, I believe. They have no respect and care for others. This is a major disaster and people really need to be able to share important information, not have to put up with the same mental cases posting things no one is even reading!! (I know I am not. I see the same names and I scroll right past, but it is wrong to try to drown out people who desperately need to post information trying to find their missing families and such. It is EVIL!)

Claudia   January 15th, 2010 11:13 pm ET

Why they don't send more Doctors to Haiti?....
They should ,because the number of people hurt is enormous!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   January 16th, 2010 5:56 am ET

Yes ........... I would kindly like to know what happened to the $208million given by the American taxpayers to Haiti..........went to also. I wonder?

Maybe things aren't as simple as they seem. Maybe we shouldn't judge and be so critical. Who knows?

Rich   January 17th, 2010 7:10 pm ET

Try to put politics aside when it comes to Haiti. Pic the charity of your choice & give. Thx

Elisha Larose   January 18th, 2010 12:24 am ET

I am trying to bring awareness to the fact that rescue teams that are being deployed to Haiti are neglecting its surrounding towns who were also affected by the earthquake. In the town of Carrefour there are survivors who have not yet gained access to any food or water and are surrounded by piles of dead body... I need help in getting this out to the organizations, please do whatever you can. My grandmother, who is 83yrs old and has a broken arm, are amongst the survivors that continue to suffer (babies, pregnant women, elderly, and many other sick individuals). They are seeking shelter in a church called St. Charles located in Lamonte, Carrefour. I am pleading for any kind of assistance and I thank you in advance because I know you will not let this go unheard.

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