US Marines headed to hurricane-ravaged Haiti with relief

2016-10-12 19:49
Two women rest on the floor at a police station in Marfranc serving as a temporary shelter for residents whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. (Dieu Nalio Chery, AP)

Two women rest on the floor at a police station in Marfranc serving as a temporary shelter for residents whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. (Dieu Nalio Chery, AP)

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Aboard the USS Iwo Jima - A US Navy warship is bringing hundreds of Marines and sailors, along with power generators, water purifiers and bulldozers to bolster relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.

Navy Captain James Midkiff is commander of the USS Iwo Jima and he says the eight helicopters on the ship will start ferrying food and medical supplies for aid organisations upon arrival. That could be as early as Wednesday.

The Iwo Jima can also provide medical help in Haiti, where hundreds have died, the injured languish unattended in hospitals, doctors warn of a surge in cholera and anger is rising in remote communities still awaiting aid a week after the hurricane struck.

The Iwo Jima is carrying more than 1 100 sailors and 600 Marines.

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