January 14th, 2010
08:57 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Reporting Live from Haiti

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, Anderson has more raw reporting from Haiti. Everywhere he goes survivors are desperate for water, food and to get word to their loved ones that they are okay, that they are the lucky ones, somehow they survived the earthquake.

We'll also show you the race to save those still trapped in the rubble. You'll meet some of the rescue teams working against the clock. Some, as you'll see, are winning by pulling survivors out of the massive piles of debris.

There's also the battle doctors are facing in Haiti. We'll show you what our own Dr. Sanjay Gupta faced today as he was called to help a wounded 15-day old baby. He was able to help, but there are not enough doctors, not enough medicine or equipment. Many of the hospitals are gone and now massive piles of bricks.

Another awful reality is that the dead are everywhere you turn. Anderson met a man taking his daughter to be buried. She's one of the up to 50,000 people estimated to have been killed by the quake, according to the American Red Cross. But she's not a number or a statistic to his tragedy, she's a cherished daughter, whose father is in mourning, like so many people in this Caribbean nation.

Join us for these stories and much more tonight at 10 pm. ET.

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Beth

    I am watching the show right now, and equally as confused and frustrated as Dr. Gupta and Anderson. I have a friend who is a doctor who has been turned down by 2 different corporations to go to assist in Haiti with any medical needs. If they need doctors, why are they turning people down? Would it be possible to transport some patients via ship to florida for the medical care they need, and returned once they are stable to avoid letting them lie there and suffer with little hope of getting what they need? Haven't these people suffered enough?

    January 19, 2010 at 2:44 am |
  2. Irene

    God Bless CNN in it's entirety!

    January 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  3. Elizabeth

    It is truely heartbreaking, however, I have to wonder...the folks that are walking the streets singing – why are they not trying to help others? I understand shock and disbelief, but ....wouldn't their time and peace of mind be boosted by being as productive as possible?

    January 15, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  4. Tina

    Thank you Anderson for your great reporting. Be safe. Ditto for Dr. Gupta. I've sent $ and am encouraging everyone I know to do so.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  5. Murkglider

    The USA has incredible unleashed power when we seek to destroy something. Why can't we use the same power for rescue and recovery?
    Some of the places we have conducted security operations in had no roads, docks or working airports but stuff got done!

    January 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  6. Debbie

    Has anyone thought of the floating hospital.
    Older navy ships and older cruise lines and staff them with medical.

    Starting a person board in front of the hospital and other key places for people to connect. You could also show the names on the tv for family in other places. Creating a sense of order for it's people.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  7. deborah

    My prayers go out for all those in and around Haiti at this time May God continue to protect and comfort those who have lost so much during this disaster. May God bless all those seeking to help out. As a american citizen I now know how blessed America really is.

    January 15, 2010 at 8:40 am |
  8. Jeff - St. Petersburg, FL

    Everyone is reporting about Port au Prince but little mention about the situation in nearby areas such as Jacmel or Carrefour.

    January 15, 2010 at 5:35 am |
  9. Melissa

    Anderson is doing a magnificant job bringing this horrific story home. Also, Dr. Gupta is amazing. I pray that we can start distributing much needed food and water today.

    January 15, 2010 at 5:28 am |
  10. Nick

    Why aren't we seeing supply drops from cargo planes?

    January 15, 2010 at 4:19 am |
  11. Laura

    Am devastated at the sight of unidentified bodies being dumped in a truck. Please can anybody with access to a camera capture images of the deceaesed for family to view so that at least they will know the status of their loved ones.It is such a simple act that will make a huge difference to people.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:17 am |
  12. Gregory Osadetz

    Beyond the tragic headlines, which are important to report, now is the time for all of us to think what these 9 million people of Haiti can be helped to achieve once the smoke clears.

    As one of the poorest countries per capita in the western hemisphere, the survivors of this tragedy must be provided with the structure, education, opportunities and hope that they can develop a sustainable economy and society that will make their country better for their children than it has been for them.

    Countries are offering hundreds of millions of support, but meaningful reconstruction will take tens of billions, one hundred times more. Are we willing to do this?

    January 15, 2010 at 2:40 am |
  13. "American"

    I don't understand how Haiti was the last thing on everyones mind until now. Before this tragedy, nobody cared a thing about Haiti. The only thing the US govenrment cared about was Haitians NOT GETTING INTO america. Now america wants to be seen known as the world savior. Sounds like something I call, "Superman Syndrome". The people of Haiti needed help a long time ago. So why should anyone pat anyone on the back now for helping. There are americans that need help too, but I guess it will take a disaster of some kind for you guys to recogize that. I feel for the people in trouble but I am not going to praise all you people who come after the fact with your hollow concerns. After a few weeks you wont care AGAIN, until something else and it's cool to care. Care when there is not a tremendous loss of human life. Care when there is one or two people in trouble, which is everyday in Haiti. Half the people in Haiti can't read they say.......that took longer than an earthquake to happen.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:06 am |
  14. Rossini Thadal

    Hi Anderson,

    Thanks you for the incredible jobs you are doing, and to keep them honest. As you may not realized, most of the haitians living in California, and celebrities who talked on CNN have ties and relatives to Carrefour and there is no news so far how Carrefour is doing, being the epicenter of the earthquake. Please be the first to inform us about Carrefour (Martissant / Fontamara / BIZOTON, where my family live up tp the city of Leogane farther in the SOUTH peninsula..
    Thanks!!! and keep up the good work

    January 15, 2010 at 1:58 am |
  15. Dolores Rodello

    My Grandson is on the USS Carl Vincent aircraft carrier. They had just left Norfolk VA Tuesday on a 3 month tour to San Diego Ca. Now they rerouted to go help with getting supplies to the people in Haiti. My prayers are with the survivors , injured, and dead. Its a tragic situation. I also pray that the people providing aid are safe. God bless them all.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:44 am |
  16. Laura Hunt

    My heart is moved by the outpouring of aid and help to Haiti. Many people are questioning what is taking so long. As a long time Angeleno quite familiar with natural disaster, it is strongly suggested that we have 3 days emergency supplies. Even in the best circumstances with top notch emergency services as we have in LA (I can't say enough about the LAFD and LA County FD emergency services) our city would be overwhelmed with the devastation inflicted on Port Au Prince.

    Our response, as a country, makes me proud to be an American. I hope all Americans will give generously and understand what a massive undertaking it is to help stop the suffering in Haiti..

    LJ Hunt

    January 15, 2010 at 1:40 am |
  17. Anne

    My heart pours out to all the people affected by this tragedy in Haiti. This will be a long term effort. Part of that effort will be finding housing for all those displaced. I'm thinking it's a great time to place all those unused FEMA trailers on a cargo ship and have them head to Haiti... as the trailers are on the way, space outside the immediate area of devastation can be cleared. Lets help these people and do a little recycling at the same time. Just a thought.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:04 am |
  18. Debm

    I reviewed the comments on the percentage of people giving to this disaster. It was slightly disappointing. 56 % said they are not helping. I know our country is having hard times but I plead with everyone to give anything $1 will go along way, this could somedy be our country wouldn't we want to know we have people out there to help us .

    January 15, 2010 at 1:01 am |
  19. Edward Pharr

    Great job Anderson this is the type of news Americans want to read about not all that negitive behavior that goes on in this world . These people need help the rest of the world should put all differences aside and come together and help do whatever they can to assist in the relief for these people.Once again Great job,may God bless you and answer the prayers of those people.

    January 15, 2010 at 12:38 am |
  20. jay

    will Haiti be forever transformed as a result of this incident and the international presence?

    January 15, 2010 at 12:36 am |
  21. Marc Sauveur

    While my heart goes out to all the victims of this catastrophe, one can't help wonder where the Haitian government assistance or leadership in all of this is.
    The absence of a central Haitian government is absolutely sickened. I hope in the aftermath of all of this pain, they made these government officials accountable including the president Preval. Thanks to the great reporting of CNN, now we know the haitian were living on their own.
    No longer now, the world is with you, Haiti.

    Marc Sauveur

    January 15, 2010 at 12:32 am |
  22. Marla Kojima

    All this sadness and suffering perhaps could have been lessened if a free market with competition existed in Haiti. Shoddy construction is no doubt due to poor resources, but in an economy allowed to flourish, there would have been more means and less poverty. There are proud people with talents that should be permitted to thrive.

    January 15, 2010 at 12:29 am |
  23. tony sal

    ac . great reporting ,

    January 15, 2010 at 12:18 am |
  24. J

    We need to help these people and learn from this to help other people recover from major disasters. Remember by the grace of God it could be us. What would we do?

    January 14, 2010 at 11:42 pm |
  25. Linda Sante

    This is the biggest disaster to a very vulnerable people. It sad that such a brutal situation could happen to people with a government that is really corrupt because the country is so poor. They're constantly having coups that never work out very well. These people are already suffering a horrific situation before this devastating earthquake. I'm amazed at how well these people are dealing with an overwhelming situation. I hope the resources keep pouring in both in the present and into the future. These people need to be trained to become self sufficient so they can learn to deal with the disasters at hand. Amazing reporting by Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta M. D.

    January 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  26. john from Montreal

    The extent of human suffering in Haiti is incomprehensible

    January 14, 2010 at 11:24 pm |
  27. latoya

    i am not haitian but my son father comes from haiti i feel so sorry for those people i hate to see those bodies i wonder is it possible to bring the injuried to the united states i reallythink we the us should just fly them out theres nothing there meaning no homes and etc is the us going to treat them and feed them and leave them there that way come on obama think

    January 14, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  28. jade

    Our hearts goes out to each and everyone of you out there. I pray for you all to be strong and brave in haiti. As for you mr. Ac. Thank you for being there showing us the real news, for being brave same with dr. Gupta, thank you are the real cnn heroes. God bless you and may god be with you.

    January 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm |

    HAITIAN EVACUATION!!!!!!! Where are the cruise ships for the people to live in while we rebuild the city??? The people need rest, food, showers, baths, and care. This is horrible. How long are they to walk day and night??? They are suffering from PTS and SHOCK. They have to be moved and treated humanely... IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK??? LOOKS LIKE KATRINA - DE JA VU

    January 14, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  30. glenda davis

    Im a mother of five and to watch this devastation rips at me. Im originally from New Orleans, LA to see this is a hurtful thing due to watching Katrina take place from a television. My heart is with every man, woman, and child. Had it not ben for Anderson Cooper I would not had been able to tell my family who stayed behind what was going on. God Bless you for your courages efforts.

    January 14, 2010 at 11:01 pm |
  31. Roxanne

    My heart breaks for this country and it's people. You mention the awful reality that the dead are everywhere you turn. My feelings are so conflicted when I see these photographs of lifeless bodies, many young children. While it is important to accurately report the events, I have mixed emotions of whether it is "OK" to photograph these people who have died. The images are so graphic, what is your position on what is acceptable to publish and what is considered inappropriate? It seems the boundaries have become blurred...

    January 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  32. Guerline

    Thanks to all of you for being in Haiti now.

    It is going to be hard for every haitian to verify their folks' dead bodies.

    I was supprised when President Preval and other haitian speakers confirmed on CNN that there would be no violence in Haiti.

    As days go by and haitians don't have answers to their problems, many haitians will be on the streets singing, screaming and demanding answers.

    I just pray and hope that some of the twist-minded haitians would not use this tragedy for their own advantages and for political purposes.

    As haitians are being vulnerable in this time, I just pray God that this tragedy will not turn to violence. And once again, foreign helpers would be forced to leave us on our own with a government that has been corrupted and useless.

    Guerline, RI.USA

    January 14, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  33. violaitsme

    I spent this afternoon hoping and praying that the little 11 year-old girl (reported by Ivan Weston) buried in the rubble would be rescued without having to have her leg amputated. I just read that her neighbors who were trying to rescue her did so without having to amputate her leg and she is now getting the medical care she needs. After seeing the devastation in Haiti and what these people are going through, it's a grateful reminder to count our blessings wherever they are. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this disaster and thanks to all those who are helping in whatever way they can. Great reporting by Ivan Weston, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Anderson Cooper.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  34. Wendy Banks

    Ivan Watson reported a story of the little girl trapped and it was heart wrenching. The part that truly touched me was the men – who he said are not rescue workers or doctors with no training – working hours to save her.
    I believe that the people of Haiti should be CNN's new "Heroes".
    My thoughts are with them and all of you from CNN going down there to share these stories. Your reports will spread the word of how urgent it is for people around the world to give what they can to help.
    Anderson, watching you report what's going on I'm reminded how strong you all must be to stand in the middle of this tragedy and keep your composure.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:55 pm |
  35. Robert O.

    This sucks!!!. I read in the O.C. Register: That we have an 80-person urban search-and-rescue team from Orange County California; Task Force Five Team. This team is comprised primarily of fire fighters from Orange County Fire Authority and fire departments in Anaheim, Orange and Santa Ana. Along with a search dog and handler from Chino Valley Fire Protection District and also members of the team rescue personnel, structural engineers, logistics workers and two doctors. They have been waiting at March Air Reserve Base since 7:30 a.m....??
    This team is ready to go save lives!!!
    What’s the hold up??
    Why haven’t they left yet??

    January 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  36. Annie Kate

    Sounds like Katrina a few years ago – the water needs, shelter needs, medical needs plus all the rest of them. Last night someone said in the coverage that rain is expected in the next few nights. How will these poor people sleeping on the ground in the park cope with that rain? My heart aches for them when I think of them laying out in the park because they are afraid of their homes and getting rained on. 360 is doing a great job bringing this story to us – thank you for your coverage.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
  37. Miriam Rios

    My heart is crying out for Haiti! The devastation they are going through is unimaginable! Oh how it hurts me to see them fighting their way through the rubble! I can't bare it!!

    January 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  38. Alan Johnson

    Cooper Anderson is one special reporter. Thank God for the CNN Team especial Cooper. Larry King just asked him if he gets immune from see all the tragedy in Haiti. Cooper reply, “You have no business here (reporting)” if you do. That’s why I appreciate Cooper direct and to the point unapologetically doing the right thing bring light to a subject that needs illuminated even when it is painful with great reverence and respect. God Bless Cooper Anderson. Someone with integrity and mettle.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
  39. Mark Spencer

    AC, you and your crew are so brave. My heart not only goes out to the people of Haiti but also you and your crew that will carry these memories with you for the rest of your life.

    While the anchors at some other channels sit in their studios and play politics with this horrible event you are there showing us the real story at your own peril.

    There may be random violence, but even without it, what you are putting yourselves thru mentally to get us the story is very, very honorable.

    It is great to see this presented as the terrible news and event that it is instead of some political game.

    Thank you and your crew and Sanjay and everyone so much for your honest reporting.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
  40. Tania

    I appreciate the up to date coverage and vivid depictions of the horrible horrible devastations. As heart-wrenching as it is for us views/readers, we still reserve the realization of what YOUR reality is as u make eye contact, step over brick and debris and pass buildings that cover countless names. I know in spite of the madness, our God is a merciful and loving God.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
  41. Patricia W.

    A horrendous earthquake plus many aftershocks makes me wonder how these poor people are surviving given they have no shelter to speak of and the incredible heat must only exacerbate their thirst from lack of drinking water. My heart goes out to them.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:21 pm |
  42. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hi Maureen,
    Yes, I agree with you, That is very somber to see this picture images, That is really hard to do see people are dying on the street, I am glad Anderson is there reporting covering earthquake live from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I know they are so suffering lot, lost kids, parents, grandparents or uncle & aunt. I am amazed Dr. Sanjay Gupta treating 15 days old baby girl. Including Ivan Weston was reporting that girl 11 yrs old is survie, she was trapped in the bulding caught her leg, she was wearing glass. she was so scary. The Search and Rescue saved 11 yrs old girl. That was so awesome!!!! Thank you for give me some update from Haiti....... Anderson is doing great job interviewed some victims. Please give me some update from Haiti.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm |
  43. Isabel - Brazil.

    Hi Maureen!

    I just saw Dr Gupta caring for a baby on the streets of Port-au-Prince. It was exciting and amazing! Dr Gupta is illuminated!!

    I have read, just now, that the voices beneath the rubble are not so strong, so it's a race against time!

    Haiti is the Poorest country in the West, says the World Bank. About this extreme deprivation happened is that the devastation of an earthquake. The union of countries will be required to rebuild the Haiti.

    360 team was amazing, yet heartbreaking coverage, last night. Thanks!

    January 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
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    January 14, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
  45. Lisa Cowan

    Absolutely heartbreaking – no words can say!

    January 14, 2010 at 9:07 pm |