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January 15th, 2010
03:57 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Saving Haiti

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Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Amid the horror and suffering in Haiti, there are amazing stories of survival. Tonight on 360°, live from Port-au-Prince, Anderson will bring you the story of a baby girl found alive in the rubble of her home. She had be trapped for 68 hours with no food or water.

Speaking of living without basic needs, we're tracking the relief effort. Some aid has finally arrived in Haiti, but getting it to those in need is not an easy task. We'll show you what's going on.

Today the U.S. military was asked why it wasn't the first on the ground with supplies. We're keeping them honest.

The USS Carl Vinson arrived off the coast today, carrying 51 hospital beds, three operating rooms and 19 much-needed helicopters. The Carl Vinson can also purify water, thousands of gallons of water per day.

Other U.S. military personnel is already in Haiti and more is on the way.

Help can't come soon enough. Many people in Haiti are losing patience. There were reports of sporadic rioting today.

Despite the tension, despite the deaths, there was also a touching moment of solidarity today. Hundreds of people, mostly women, took to the streets of Port-au-Prince, singing and chanting as they marched around the capital.

Here are some of today's other developments:

- An 11-year-old girl rescued from the rubble of her home Thursday in an
hours-long effort has died, her family said Friday.

- At least 6 American deaths have been reported in Haiti

- There is still no confirmed death toll from the earthquake. Haiti's
prime minister has said that several hundred thousand people may have been
killed, and the Haitian consul general to the United Nations has estimated the
toll could top 100,000

- At least 100 bodies were discovered by a CNN crew in one open pit
outside Port-au-Prince, along with several other pits half filled or completely
covered over with earth, presumably full.

- A few fire trucks and tankers were seen distributing water Friday
afternoon.

- The U.S. Postal Service is holding mail destined for Haiti, a
spokeswoman said.

Join for these developments and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET.


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. ArmyBrat

    Get the 82nd Airborne on the ground right now. This is pathetic. Why haven't the streets been secured to allow the flow of supplies? The bridges are standing and the journalist can get through so why can't the UN? Supplies are useless until they are supplied!

    January 15, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  2. An Ackerley

    I hope Hillary Clinton shakes up that feeble minded President Preval! Wake up man! Your countrymen need you Stand up and do the job you were elected to do. Don't be like G. Dabaya and sit on your laurels while people die. I hope Hillary also shakes up the UN. They are supposed to be experts at this and are showing how poorly organized the whole country is!! There is no leader! Won't someone take the reins and get the mules moving!

    January 15, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  3. inde

    The UN people who ordered people to leave patients should be fired.

    The doctors and nurses who obeyed these orders should be ashamed.

    If you don't have the guts to be in a high risk situation-don't go there to begin with-

    Drop food and water already–Stop this beaucracy! Better to have food and water with a fight or two–then none at all-

    Last, we need to create a relief organization with people who are willing to risk their lives to save others– Not with people who abandon those in dire need!

    January 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm |
  4. Gigi

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton needs to help Drs & Nurses get to where Dr G is so he won't be there alone.

    January 15, 2010 at 11:11 pm |
  5. rich sottilaro

    Don't understand the tragedy happening to Haitian people dying needlessly?? Despite the obstacles to get help the response is turning out to be pathetic at best!! Very disappointed to see Dr. Gupta standing in a UN hospital tent now by himself because of security reasons the UN doctors just left and left patients standing there??? What is going on!!

    rich

    January 15, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  6. Amy - Detroit, Michigan

    Anderson, hang in there. Be strong.

    January 15, 2010 at 11:09 pm |
  7. Neil

    I very much appreciate Anderson Cooper but tonight I am very dismayed at the tack his interviewing and reporting is taking. The arrogance and hubris of suggesting that the US and other nations are not doing enough and not speedily is beyond the pale. The enormity of this disaster and the logistics of providing aid has never before been seenon such a scale. The response has been exemplary given the nightmaree conditions under which it must be rendered and as the workers improve the situation on the ground the aid and relief will improve as well. To criticize and condemn is easy but why not accentuate the positive that is being for the good of all. I believe Anderson is not being helpful.

    January 15, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  8. cherryrn

    The CNN Team look horrified . Anderson is a wonderful human being.So is Dr Sanjay Gupta and Ivan and all other reporting from there. Our Army needs to take control of this nightmare of government failure. There are Americans to be saved at that Hotel and other places. The Haitians will get the help they need and you might save a lot of them and get them out of that hell. The world is in tears over this.

    January 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
  9. An Ackerley

    I tell you if the Haitian gov. creeps had any balls there would have been things done! There were tents set up with critical pt. in them and the UN made the docs and nurses leave because there may be a mob. The UN has 9000 troops in that country where the hell are they. They have guns and could level a mob!!! It is unthinkable for them to leave pts. The only Doc. who stayed was Sanjay Gupta, a man with integrity!!! Get some balls armies . You have 19 helicoptors , get those supplies in! You have soldiers!!! Get moving! Set up feeding stations. If woman can raise children, work full time in nursing and teaching and keep a household and husband happy you bet they could organize those UN idiots.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  10. Angela Rickman

    Dominican Republic is right next door, and so is Puerto Rico. Why can injured men, women, and children be Transfer in a C-130 Air Craft to the hospitals in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic? Why hasn’t the Governor of Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic Suggested Aid from there Hospitals? Puerto Rico is part of the US territory, a common wealth (same dollar and taxes as the rest of the United States) I know they have doctors ready, eager, and willing to help. I hope president Obama can make this suggestion Happen! Many lives would be saved!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  11. Roselaine Joseph

    I just heard the news about the eleven year girl who died today. It is heart broken hearing that after all she had been through and didn't make it. Like Anderson said, it's stupid death. I'm so upset and broken seeing all of these happening because they have a bunch of heartless idiots ruling a country that they have no business ruling. I'm hoping President Obama don't let them get away with millions of dollars again. Please, don't let the haitian government have control over any funds to help rebuild Haiti. Not to long ago, the people threat to go in the street because of hunger. Can you believe the current president of Haiti told them to come by and pick him up so he could march with them. He shows no sympathy for the people instead he makes a mockery of them. May God have mercy on Haiti. Again, a million thanks to all of the News Cast, Doctors, Nurses, Navy, Army, those who give donations and so on working together to save lives. May God continue to bless you all, keep you safe, long life and most importantly keep you all healthy. Love you all!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Shari

    CNN You all are amazing !
    When the world crumbles under our feet you are there to hold us up and give us meaning. The one amazing thing I keep seeing is the pride many Haitians take in the way they present themselves.
    Remember the baby that Dr. S took care of yesterday. She was spotless, clean blankets clean clothes. Amazing! in all that horror. The funerals, I saw a few with jackets. What great pride and dignity they carry themselves. God bless the spirit. It may be the poorest country, but it is the proudest and classiest.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  13. stacia

    the longer they wait to get the food and water out the more desperate
    peolpe will become, please help them get started before they die or revolt. This seems so wrong to me, I can hardly watch,

    January 15, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  14. hiwot

    anderson,
    god bless you and people who survived. We need to pray! Gods mercy to be upon us god always do amazing things stay strong.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  15. Dolores

    Organizers are thinking too large scale!! Human chains/assembly lines can get aid from the airport to the city. They would be glad to do it! Ten small drops are better than zero small drops. Why are helicopters not dropping medical supplies onto the hospitals? If they keep waiting to make marge-scale interventions, stupid deaths, as Anderson calls them, will continue - those people are NOT expendable in the name of organization!! Why they couldn't create human assembly lines and pass cases of water down them is beyond me; the ppl of Haiti would be glad to do it; have something positive to do!! If trucks can't get through, also, I know pack mules could. Why is aid sitting on the tarmac?? The aid doesn't have to go in on palettes on forklifts; there are simple distribution systems that can be employed and no one is thinking of these!!

    Ivan, I am sad right along with you about 11 yr-old Annaeika. She did seem so alive, such a fighter. I know her death has "socked you in the stomach." Well, you are in good company; it's socked me, too. Please, Anderson, take my ideas forward, the simple ideas for getting aid out. No one in charge is thinking clearly-they aren't nimble in their thinking about getting aid to the people!!!

    Dr. Dolores Mize
    Oklahoma

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  16. Marnie

    I agree with another comment, take charge; you don't have to politically correct, even though you are doing a great job of doing so. I wish more people had as much passion as you and your team, and that includes the people that are there, but not with you and the cnn team in the city. Hang in there and it is okay to say why aren't our military people, who are at the airport, in there taking care of security so those doctors could stay where Dr. Gupta was reporting. Praying for everyone there.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
  17. Nadine Galland

    Tina, blogger: you are right. We are all sitting watching CNN and the horrors in Haiti from our comfy homes. I am sick to my stomach. Please keep the reporters, military and volunteers safe. May we all learn from this and give, give, give...

    January 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  18. micheline tétreault

    Where the doctors and nurses, Dr Gupta talked about, went...where in hell they went, the were needed there and they left those patients that they operated on alone with no cares, it's unbeleivable, pleast let us know what is going on with those doctors why they had to leave...

    Thanks to all of you for the great reports, i have family and friends over there, everyday i watch the report from Montréal TV but at night i watch you.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm |
  19. Nadine Galland

    I agree, Anderson. This is so frustrating. Bring people to U.S. Helicopter them to Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Miami. Then we can help with free care all over. My husband is prominent surgeon in Vermont. Don't you think we can find Doctors and Hospitals everywhere that will donate services? What are we waiting for???

    January 15, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Nadine Galland

    Anderson, Ivan and team: how will your hearts ever heal after witnessing horrors such as the little 11 year-old girl dying after being rescued. This story is torturous, as so many others will be. You are telling these stories with honesty and compassion. Such stupid death! Bring these people NOW to U.S. to get medical attention... Nadine

    January 15, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
  21. Steve Shope

    Anderson Cooper:

    We have heard about the Aircraft Carrier, 5 US Coast Guard cutters , The 82nd Airbourn Division all being sent to Haiti; where the hell are they?

    There was video of water trucks being held up on the road leading into Porta Prince, why hasn't the Army gotten some heavy equipment and cleared the road. The squadron of helicopters on the Carrier could certainly be put into service ferring materials from the airport into the city.

    There seems to be a bottleneck of some sort, is it political or just terrable
    logistics. These questions need to be answered and your just the man to find out the real story.

    Stay on it.

    Steve Shope

    January 15, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  22. Tina

    God bless everyone over there who can have the least bit of impact on these poor people. What a rude awakening to us who can sit in the comfort of our warm homes, in our nice chairs with a full stomach and watch this horror. If you can sleep at night I don't know how. The imagies are forever in my head of the babies and children, and the bodies stacked in the streets as barricads. This should be a wake up call to us, how fortunate we are. How blessed. God be with these people and pour His favor and care two fold over them. Pray for our military,navy,news staff,and all others that have risked their lives to help in this recovery effort.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:59 pm |
  23. Ginger Pierschbacher

    Trying to get the word out that there is a great need for help in Jacmel, Haiti. Tens of thousands affected by death, homelessness, hunger...airport is down and road is closed, they are running out of supplies. If CNN can get a reporter over there relief agencies may follow.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm |
  24. elsie

    about the 11 yearls old girl.
    why this happen what's the point of taking her alive to just let her die because there was not medical attention x her it so so sad. Can some body tell me where's all the help from all over the world

    January 15, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  25. elsie

    I'm feel very sad about the 11 yearls old girl.
    why this happen what's the point of taking her alive to just let her die because there was not medical attention x her it so so sad. Can some body tell me where's all the help from all over the world

    January 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  26. Deborah

    Anderson,

    Hang in there, I cannot image the frustration building. As for Logistics, do they have helicopters,if so, can they air lift the supplies in shipping wrap to the Arena and other large fenced in areas for organization, list the areas by for example, medical supplies, food, water, and etc., in an organized fashion? I do not know Haiti, but when CNN is showing the areas, I noticed open spaces with fences. I guess they can be set up like a kiosk, and guarded by the military. I know the worry of danger of crime, and a mob, but it may work. Also, the Military has aircraft that can hold trucks, why can't they transport the bulldozers and other trucks.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  27. Stephanie

    Anderson – I appreciate all of your hard work and coverage in Haiti. It must be really tough to endure, as it's hard enough for me watching CNN. My heart is with all of those who have lost or are missing loved ones. I am so sad about the eleven year old girl that passed away after having her leg pinned down. Yes, it was a stupid death that could of been prevented. I pray for aid, doctors, ect. to disperse through Haiti quickly.

    .. Why can't planes drop food or something from the air to get to these unreachable places?? It could make all the difference.

    <3

    Stephanie, New York

    January 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  28. darragh christie

    Canada thanks you for you empathetic coverage of the Haitian siuation.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  29. tiffany

    air drop food

    January 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm |
  30. linda

    Many of us feel so powerless

    January 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  31. Isabel - Brazil.

    Hi Maureen!!!

    The people's revolt is perfectly understandable. People are hungry, thirsty, they have no place, and lost everything and they can not envision a new beginning.

    Anderson and 360 team are doing an amazing job. Thank you!

    January 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  32. Teresa

    I am heartbroken by the news of Aniaka's (sp?) death. It's so tragic to see her sweet face and know that she didn't make it. She was at least with her loved ones when she passed away. May she find comfort with the Lord.
    Ivan and Anderson are clearly shaken by this and so are the rest of us! God bless her and Haiti!

    January 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
  33. Hannah

    Anderson- Thank you so much for bringing us honest news!

    It's so frustrating to watch the people of Haiti suffering and know that a majority of the needed aide, supplies, and personnel are there, but they are not getting to the people that need them. The more we wait the more threat there is of rioting, looting, etc. Its already happening.

    I understand that its a difficult situation, roads are blocked, the docks are largely destroyed, but its been two days! And still there is nothing. Someone needs to step up and do something, bring in the heavy equipment and clear the main roads. The time for discussion and talking is days past, now is the time for action, and its long overdue.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  34. P. Neisman

    Anderson -why not put the S.O.S. out there to drug corporations to start donating : antiseptics, antibiotics, painkillers, drugs to help the victims-surely they will not miss it?

    Hopefully none of the rescue dollars will go to the corrupt Haitian government that allowed this disaster to be worse than it would have been. These dictators in Haiti have hoarded millions of dollars while leaving their own people: without clean water, infrastructure, electricity, or any safe buildings -it is the greed of these people who should be charged with treason for abandoning their own country.

    The massive amount of deaths is due to their leaders who own this greed and if you allow Wall Street to continue on its current path -the US could be going the way of Haiti.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  35. cindy

    Out standing coverage by AC and all the CNN crews. If there is an award for this kind of coverage, Cnn should win. All the news is being sent out, and not candied. What we are hearing and seeing from you is real. Helps to get those donations rolling in...
    Thank you for all that you are doing, your devotion to your field, lack of sleep and having to deal with not only miracles, but also the horror.
    One question, why can' t folks get the drift that although supplies have arrived and continue to arrive, the roads from the airport and harbor are not totally available to rush supplies to the folks. The earthquake, as I understand have torn up all the access.
    Take care of yourselves and thank you for being so unselfish in your reporting.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  36. Diane

    Haiti...Just watching the news about the orphans that were planned for adoption in Haiti. My son recently adopted a child from Ethiopia and he is such a blessing to our lives although it took a long time because of the red tape involved.

    Perhaps we could encourage something new with our current President to allow some of the orphans in Haiti to come the the U.S. to live in loving homes.

    Just thinking this would be a great time to try something new for those children especially given this situation and the loss of all the records.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
  37. elsie

    God be with all those people in haiti.
    Thank you cnn staff for all you reports

    January 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  38. Daria Florez-Ozburn

    Thank you CNN for being there for the People of Haiti. You and your fellow reporters and support staff have really gone above and beyond in your coverage and compassion. Please send HELP to JACMEL, they are desparate for food and water. The dead are still in the streets and animals are feeding on them. They cannot get to Port and don't realize how wide spread the damage is. Please HELP them soon they need someone to pay attention to their plight as well. Thank you.

    Your reporters look so shell shocked already my heart goes out to them. God Bless them all.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  39. Rhoda

    Glued to CNN

    Horrified, where's rescue people are dieing
    so so sad

    stay safe

    prayers for haiti

    January 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  40. Dr. Rabia Mary Graney

    I do hope that when some of these children rescued in Haiti are turned over to 'uncles' that there is some vetting of the authenticity of these uncles. I worked post Tsunami and child abuse and selling into sexual slavery increased. It is the darkest of realities – and I know no one wants to think this way. Having worked for over a decade in areas that children live at the highest risk in 'normal' circumstances – I must ask is there any vetting for the turn-over of rescued children in Haiti ?

    January 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
  41. Greg

    Anderson,
    Take charge. You are reporting this... You do make sense. You are on the ground and see it we hear you loud and clear. Wish I could get to the same ground and help. You and your team take Charge.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
  42. john

    This would be perfect opportunity for the TARP banks to participate. 1/2 of 1% of the Bonus money would be a great PR move and would help immensley to the relief effort. Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan where are you?

    January 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
  43. Sheila

    I hate the fact that I can turn off the TV and crawl into bed while so many people are suffering and dying in Haiti! Thank you for being there and reporting on this horrific tragedy.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  44. Jennifer Terry

    Anderson,

    I want you to know that there are thousands of Doctors and Nurses trying to get to Haiti. I personally am one of those. The bad news is that the US and Haiti has grounded our planes in the States. We are trying desperately and I am sorry and frustrated.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  45. Summerbax

    Whats the hold up????????????????????

    January 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
  46. Annie Kate

    Where did they take the baby who had been trapped without food or water for 68 hours or more – the baby needs water at the very least and food – baby is probably dehydrated and if not treated correctly to get her body electrolytes back in balance she could die too. Is there a medical facility up yet that these people who are rescued can be taken to for treatment so they don't die like the 11 year old that was rescued previously? It boggles the mind to even try to imagine a place where there is absolutely nothing – no food, no water, no medical facilities, etc. I hope our aid gets in there quickly now with no more delays.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm |
  47. S Secor

    Anderson,

    You are doing an amazing job. So grateful for CNN for keeping us updated.

    Stay safe.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:11 pm |
  48. Cherie Bharti

    It's very sad and very bad what's happened, not enough words to discribe the pain!

    January 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm |
  49. Sharon

    Why was this little girl with an amputated leg driven to a hospital 3 hours away, when helicopters where available? Did she die due to lack of organization? I am very upset!!

    .........."An 11-year-old girl rescued from the rubble of her home Thursday in an hours-long effort has died, her family said Friday."

    January 15, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
  50. Gerry

    Anderson – great work. If there is fear of security issues in Haiti – can't they get armed military to prevent this?

    January 15, 2010 at 9:01 pm |
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