- Title: HAITI: FLOOD VICTIMS FIGHT OVER FOOD AID.
- Date: 27th September 2004
- Summary: (U6) GONAIVES, HAITI (SEPTEMBER 26, 2004) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/MV: FLOODED STREETS, PEOPLE WALKING (3 SHOTS) 0.12 2. GV: WOMAN WASHING CLOTHES WITH FLOOD WATER 0.17 3. GV: PEOPLE CARRYING BELONGINGS ON THEIR HEADS; WOMAN CARRYING TREE TRUCK ON HEAD (2 SHOTS) 0.28 4. LV/MV/GV: PEOPLE STANDING IN LINE FOR WATER; PEOPLE FIGHTING OVER WATER; PEOPLE CARRYING BOTTLES OF WATER (3 SHOTS) 0.40 5. GV: DESTROYED HOMES (2 SHOTS) 0.46 6. GV: BODY OF MAN ON STREET 0.50 7. GV/PAN/GV: WOMAN STANDING OUTSIDE HER DESTROYED HOME (2 SHOTS) 0.59 8. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) U.N. CO-ORDINATOR FOR HUMANITARIAN AID, RICARDO MENA, SAYING: "We have security problems, obviously the pressure of the population is very high and there is looting of aid trucks." 1.09 9. MV/GV: PEOPLE SHOUTING FOR FOOD; AID BEING DISTRIBUTED (3 SHOTS) 1.24 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: GONAIVES, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
- Duration: 00:01:24
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- Story Text: U.N. troops struggle to maintain order as Haitian
flood victims fight over food aid.
Flood waters continued to cover streets in the
Haitian city of Gonaives on Sunday (September 26) one week
after the city was devastated by Tropical Storm Jeanne.
Flood victims waited in long lines to receive aid as
U.N. troops struggled to maintain order in the chaos left
by floods in which 2,000 people may have died.
The official death toll from Tropical Storm Jeanne --
now a hurricane bearing down on Florida -- stood at 1,180
and another 1,210 were missing, said an official with
Haiti's civil protection office.
Flood victims fought each other over relief supplies.
Large crowds gathered outside distribution centres in
Gonaives, pushing and shoving. Desperately hungry people
grabbed food from each others' hands in the city where
Haiti declared its independence from France 200 years ago
after a slave revolt.
"We have security problems, obviously the pressure of
the population is very high and there is looting of aid
trucks," said a U.N. coordinator for humanitarian aid,
Haiti is prone to deadly floods because 98 percent of
its forests have been chopped down, largely to make
charcoal for cooking. In May, about 2,000 people died in
widespread mudslides on the Haitian-Dominican border.
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