Posted: Jan 18, 2010 7:34 AM by Associated Press
Some 2,000 U.S. Marines are expected to arrive off the coast of Haiti's crumbled city of Port-Au-Prince today to help relief organizations get supplies to earthquake survivors. They'll also be reinforcing 1,000 U.S. troops on the ground.
The troop increase and a request for more U.N. peacekeepers comes a day after sporadic violence and looting in Haiti's capital.
On Sunday, Haitian riot police fired tear gas to break up crowds of looters in downtown Port-Au-Prince as several nearby shops burned. But during a visit by the U.N. secretary-general Sunday, one man shouted, "We don't need military aid. What we need is food and shelter."
The Pan American Health Organization estimates between 50,000 and 100,000 people died in Tuesday's 7.0 magnitude quake. But on the streets people are still dying, pregnant women are giving birth and the injured are showing up in wheelbarrows and on people's backs at hurriedly erected field hospitals.