- Title: HAITI: TROOPS GUARD INTERNATIONAL AID FOR FLOOD VICTIMS
- Date: 24th September 2004
- Summary: (W1) GONAIVES, HAITI (SEPTEMBER 24, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH FLOODED STREETS 0.13 2. TRAVELLING SHOT OF PEOPLE IN THE STREET 0.19 3. VARIOUS OF MAN CLEANING FURNITURE/ WOMEN WASHING CLOTHES IN FLOOD WATER 0.25 4. VARIOUS OF INJURED BEING TENDED TO 0.33 5. SLV DOCTORS CARRYING INJURED PERSON ON STRETCHER 0.37 6. SLV CUBAN HEALTH CARE WORKER TELLING OTHER CUBAN HEALTH WORKERS TO MAKE A DIAGNOSE SITUATION 0.42 7. WIDE OF CUBAN DOCTORS LISTENING 0.44 8. SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) SILVIA JIMENEZ COORDINATOR FOR CUBAN HEALTH PROGRAMME SAYING: "We have come to do sanitary work for the time that is necessary in the city of Gonaives and with the people of Gonaives. More than 400 Cuban doctors and health technicians that have worked in Haiti for more than four years make up this brigade." 1.00 9. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RUSHING WATER TRUCK 1.08 10. CLOSE OF CONTAINERS BEING FILLED UP 1.11 11. UN TANK PATROLLING STREET 1.20 12. SLV WOMAN CARRYING AID 1.25 13. CLOSE OF WOMAN'S FACE 1.28 14. WIDE OF AID BEING DISTRIBUTED FROM TRUCK 1.33 15. VARIOUS OF PEACEKEEPERS GUARDING AID TRUCK 1.42 16. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SURROUNDING AID TRUCK 1.50 17. SLV MAN TALKING TO DRIVER OF TRUCK 1.54 18. WIDE OF PEOPLE CLAMBERING ON TOP OF AID TRUCK /CLOSE OF PEOPLE ON TRUCK 2.07 19. SLV PEACEKEEPERS IN STREET 2.16 20. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE CARRYING ID THEY RECEIVED 2.23 21. VARIOUS OF SECURITY IN STREETS 2.38 22. VARIOUS OF PEACEKEEPERS LOADING TRUCK 2.49 23. SLV PEOPLE CARRYING AID 2.54 24. WIDE OF PEACEKEEPERS LOADING AID 2.55 25. VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WASHING LAUNDRY AND HANGING IT OFF CHURCH FENCES 3.15 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: GONAIVES, HAITI
- Country: Haiti
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- Story Text: Troops guard international aid pouring into Haiti
from around the world.
U.N. peacekeepers kept guard on Friday (September
24, 2004) in the Haitian city of Gonaives where more than
1,000 people died in floods, after desperate survivors fought
each other to get at emergency food supplies.
The decision to boost security around relief operations
was made after U.N. troops had to fire into the air on
Wednesday (September 22) to prevent looting when the first
beans, rice and other supplies were handed out to an
estimated 20,000 flood victims.
The national civil defence agency said 1,150 bodies had
been recovered mainly from Gonaives, a city of 200,000 that
was buried under a wall of water and a thick coat of mud
after Tropical Storm Jeanne triggered torrential rainfall
over the weekend.
Another 1,200 people were still missing and the United
Nations warned the body count could rise dramatically in
the coming days because two areas of Gonaives remained
under water and inaccessible.
The poorest country in the Americas, Haiti frequently
suffers devastating floods because most of its trees have
been chopped down to make charcoal for cooking. Floods on
the Dominican-Haitian border killed about 2,000 people in
Gonaives was the city where Haiti declared independence
from France 200 years ago after a slave revolt, and it was
also where an armed revolt began against Aristide this
year, forcing him to flee on Feb. 29.
Jeanne, now a hurricane, also killed 11 people in the
Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola
with Haiti, and two in the U.S. Caribbean territory of
The hurricane, with winds of 105 mph (165 kph) was
expected to hit the northern Bahamas on Saturday (September
25) and Florida on Sunday (September 26).
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