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Jan-17-2010 21:55printcommentsVideo

Dramatic Video of Rescue Efforts in Haiti

The latest count of the dead in Haiti puts the number in the area of 70,000.

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Photo and video: United Nations

(PORT-AU-PRINCE/SALEM) - Five days have passed since an earthquake devastated the tiny island nation of Haiti, and rescue crews from all over the world have continued their work around the clock to find more survivors.

This UN video provided to Salem-News.com shows the extensive damage in Haiti that has left many areas inaccessible to rescue and aid workers.

The tension is high, but it isn't without reason. Hard work led to success today in Canapé Vert, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince, where a man was pulled from the rubble of a collapsed building by a team of rescuers.

Yesterday, 16 Jan, international rescue workers reported completing thirteen more live rescues, which brought the total to 71 people.

That's 71 people among some seventy thousand.

And the rescued victims were not all people, as the video shows. One team retrieved what appeared to be a beautiful German Shepard from a building, alive, having emerged from what must have been utter hopelessness.

Extensively damaged areas in addition to Canapé Vert, which is shown in the video, the cities of Trugeau and Pakot remain close to inaccessible.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that a small number of additional rescues were made today, but information on possible survivors appears to be dwindling.

UN rescue workers say most of the worst affected areas of Port-au-Prince have been searched by the 43 international search and rescue teams with just over 1,739 rescue workers and 161 dogs.

Special thanks to the United Nations video crews on the ground in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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