January 14th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 01/14/10

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We're bringing you breaking news developments from Haiti. Amazingly, people are still being found alive in the rubble. Yet, sadly, there are heart-breaking stories that must also be told. The people of Haiti need your help. We'll tell you how to get involved. And, you'll see how rescue teams from the U.S. and around the world are already making a big impact.

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  1. Caroline, Los Angeles

    I hope America has learned that we can no longer give money to govt's any more if we can help it is we know it's not getting to the people.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm |
  2. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Dodie dont worry the CB's are comming to build Mash units this place is about to see the American might .

    January 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  3. David, Indiana

    @Isabel, it does seem like a desperate situation, but there is medical help coming in from doctor without borders, the inflatable hospital, the US hospital ship, two surgical units from France, and doctors from Mexico, and medical help from many other countries. I also wonder how many hospitals medical facilities there are in other towns and cities in Haiti.

    Good pt Anderson, a broken leg is a serious injury, it needs to be treated. Any open wound is vulnerable to infection.

    The hospital that Sanjay is showing us, does it have any electricity? water? It looks devasted.

    Deeply troubling that the dead might not be being identified? Are the crypts temporary? Does the Haitian govt have a plan to deal with the deceased and finding out who they are?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  4. Dodie

    Have any of our banks or large corporations donating to this tragic situation?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  5. Caricia

    I know that Port-Au-Prince is badly damage but theirs a great deal of people on the outskirts of town that are badly hurt. Infrastructures that are as bad or worse then the capital, what happens to them, or in those areas. Why not use some of the military spaces outside the city to house people. Sending hurt people into areas into conditions that are unknown.

    What are we going to do for the people outside of Port-Au-Prince. Is their enough time

    January 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  6. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hi Anderson and CNN and bloggers,

    The corruption of the regimes that have led Haiti for decades is incomprehensible.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  7. keith

    as usual, another outstanding job covering disaster.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  8. lusana

    Why! Anderson, Why should We let Haiti go back to the same way. If we do then all that we are doing will be for nothing.The truth needs to come out on why and how is haiti is so poor.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  9. fabiola

    My name is Fabiola and I am looking for my family in Grand Goave. my family and I been trying to call them for three days now and we cant get through. my grandmother name is Mrs Carnse or my uncle Ti Carnse. our last name is Dutreuil. my grandmother address is 60 Rue de Enterment.

    please help us. I dont I know who to turn too.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Beverly

    I hurt for these people so much. Our prayers for them are needed more than ever. God uses situation like this to bring people together to help one another. It would be wonderful if all the fighting could stop and everyone go and work together to help these people.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  11. Bernadette

    As a Haitian immigrant I concerned at the lack of documentation of the dead. I wish that someone would try to at least take pictures so that people would be able to identify their lost loved ones.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Anderson, of course government corruption has played it's part. From it's very independence from a slave revolt in the 1700's up until now Haiti has had a continuous string of dictators who put themselves first.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  13. A. Smith, Oregon

    @ Nikki, you'll see helicopters dropping water supplies and equipment likely tomorrow when the USS Carl Vincent arrives with its compliment of 19 heavy lift helicopters in Haiti.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  14. Fay-CA

    Another night of amazing and heartbreaking coverage of the disaster in Haiti–AC360 has done an incredible job of bringing the sad plight of the Haitian people to viewers–you cannot watch the reports without wanting to do something to help. The damage and destruction in Haiti is overwhelming and the lack of resources and organization is shocking, but hopefully as more aid arrives, the situation will improve somewhat.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  15. starr formerly known as vincent

    Anderson & Dr. Gupta

    You are making Excellent points re: infections. How do we get antibiotics, etc. to the people ASAP???

    I've made my donations. If i were not so fragile physically I would be in Haiti helping as a nurse!

    This is all so frustrating!

    January 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  16. maseilla

    I'm in desperate need to find my family! Mom elanne brunal..brother hindi brunal...PLEASE

    January 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  17. Dodie


    That is really sad that we cannot use a ship until something comes in. I understand staff infections can kill people and caused by a non sterile environment. That is why I mention the was ships. They must have surgical rooms...

    January 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  18. Deborah Dukes

    I everyone at AC360 just wanted to say Good job! you all r true heros!.. I have been looking at cnn all day and I have cried til I cant cry anymore. All the footage taken is very touch. Couldnt imagine being in this situation. Keep up the good work and thank u.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    I'd like to see some of those high paid Beverly Hills and Park Avenue doctors donate their time and expertise in Haiti.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  20. Sabrina in Los Angeles

    At least they are getting the dead off the street.

    There is no logistical way of burying them quickly in a proper way that doesn't hinge on mass grave style....sadly.

    They need to set order and then go back and note who was left where so they can be buried correctly.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  21. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    This whole disaster is sad even to watch!

    January 14, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  22. Emily

    Looking at the piece by Dr.Gupta, as he walked in the streets today, the people of Haiti are real survivors!
    Using trees as an IV! That shows what real survivors they are....it may be "what they have to do", but how many people would think of that?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  23. Nikki

    Anderson-ASK Sanjay why they cannot simply airdrop (via chopper), water bottles to the people! I'm going crazy here! It seems simple, but isn't being done. It's New Orleans repeated. I'll be watching for an answer. Thanks.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  24. Christina from Canada

    My worry...

    When the North Americans and Europeans come in droves to assist they will perhaps unknowingly bring along H1N1. Haiti had virtually nil cases of H1N1 in the pandemic.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  25. Mario

    My heart goes out for the people from Haiti, i keep praying for them, my country Costa Rica is not a super power rich nation , but we do what we can, tomorrow a rescue team with 52 medics, nurses, and rescue team are going to Haiti to help .

    January 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  26. bill

    Are the following countries getting involved with support ? Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Colombia and Venezuela ?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  27. Lori

    Have the after shocks decreased in frequency and/or intensity?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  28. A. Smith, Oregon

    Zack, C5 Galaxy's and C17's are huge and extremely heavy weight transport jets which require a very heavy duty concrete runway that can handle the landing of such a heavy plane and the length of the runway's are generally very long to accommodate them.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  29. Rosemarie Louis-Charles

    Thank you for being in Haiti in this crisis.

    I heard the city of Léogâne, located at 30km from Port-au-Prince, was hit very badly, so why they don't say anything about it. A lot of people were killed and almost all houses were collapsed. I would like to know if they not going to help them there. .

    Thank you and God bless you,

    January 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  30. tompan

    poor people who are being told there is nothing to do for them...we need to send money so they can get meds

    January 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  31. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Theres no room except on an aircraft carrier but thats to big of a breech in security to use a war ship for a hospital.

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

    i have donated $200 to red cross but why hasn't food and water reached the victms yet? it's been two days. They need supplies NOW not in a week! Please someone do something to get the aid to them.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  33. Jacky

    Yes they should start sending the uninjured to relocate to other cities, mainly toward the north. they should be encouraged to move away from the tragiic site But I understand that family members want to stay in PAP to find out about the status of other family members.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  34. Maureen Neas

    Why can't all these planes that are dropping off aid to Haiti once they are empty fill them with people who are willing to leave and take them to a safe haven. I'm sure there are many Americans and other countries willing to provide homes for these people. I think if they remove as many people as possible it will help in the effort to rebuild this country. Cut though the red tape and make it simple. We are here to help and let us do so. In the long run wouldn't it save so much money and lives???? Let us all take a stand and band together as humans and give these people a chance to survive. God bless them all in their struggle.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  35. Kathy, Chicago

    god Bless Dr G. I love his dedication and energy level. Haiti could use a few more Dr G's.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  36. alisyn

    I wonder if anyone has seen any government officials recently other than the beginning of the week – Thankfully other countries are sending aide quickly as possible. Could the countries airlift water and food by helicopter to the park area where the masses of people are?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  37. starr formerly known as vincent


    You make an excellent point about us Americans. I had the same thougt.
    Why can't we mobilize our Nation for our own people the way we do for others?
    It is a questions that i have asked myself and others for years.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  38. Jolicoeur

    Thank you so much for your sincere coverage.....we are still awaiting word of a volunteer with Friends of the Orphans, Molly Hightower...........please stay on this story as there are so many people in the United States that have some sort of relations with Haiti, whether it be a volunteer, friend or someone you have become a godparent to through the mail.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  39. Ayenn Stark

    Anderson, I wrote earlier asking for help for my cousin trapped underneath the rubble at Unibank in Bourdon. I typed the name of the wrong cousin. It's Cristine Legagneur, not Nathalie Legagneur.

    Cristine is at UNIBANK in BOURDON!

    January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  40. Emily


    "There are 80% catholics in Haiti. Is there anything that the Roman Catholic church in the Vatican doing to help? I understand that they are one of, if not the richest church in the world,"

    this is a very good question! Haiti is at least 80% Catholic and Archbishop Joesph Miot of Port-au-Prince was killed in this quake!

    January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  41. Kelly

    I have missed the name of the Red Cross spokesperson on AC360 the past two nights. He is well spoken and informative. Anyone know?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  42. A. Smith, Oregon

    The USSN Confort Hospital ship should arrive at Haiti in another week. Meanwhile the USS Carl Vincent has several specialized operating rooms that will be used for heavy trauma victims.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  43. Judy


    Would be very interested to know how your team and other media are managing to survive under these horrific circumstances in Haiti – where are you sleeping, does someone feed you?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  44. Jane - Vt

    Sure does make you thankful for the small things we all take for granted doesn't it. They have no infrastructure in the good times. I cannot imagine living in those conditions.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  45. lusana

    I would love for USA to take over Haiti forever, exile Rene the president. Due to the fact that how can a country not have an fire dept and ambulance.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  46. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    What are the Arab countries contributing to help the Haitian people?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  47. Marianne from Beaverton OR

    As always excellent reporting from AC and his staff. I am wondering has anyone heard from Dr. Paul Farmer?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  48. Zack

    One of the primary problems at the moments seems to be the bottleneck at the airport at Port-au-Prince. What I've been wondering about and haven't seen addressed in news coverage: isn't there the possibility of the United States military or that of other countries quickly constructing airstrips in rural areas? The limitation of only one available runway in the area won't be going away without some sort of action.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  49. amber from indiana

    hey, walmart, ur a big wealthy corporate business..how about sending something to haiti? i know im not the only one who feels this way..not to single wally world out or anything, but with so many wealthy people in the U.S.,(i.e. politicians, celebrities, etc.), you would think more of them would be offering their assistance. Unfortunately i am unable to do much to help, but there are so many who can do so much..I was, however, very pleased to see that Angelina Jolie and a few of her fellow celebrities had stepped up and donated money. What about the rest of you?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
  50. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio


    "They also don't care what religion you are!
    This is something that others still need to learn!"

    Excellent point! Think of how many problems would be solved if people lived by those rules.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm |
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