The US military has begun airdropping aid supplies after previously stating that this would be too risky, the BBC reports.
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More US troops are about to arrive in Haiti, amid criticism from the French government. "It's a matter of helping Haiti, not occupying Haiti," the cooperation minister Alain Joyandet said.
It looks like an invasion, Ed Pilkington reports from Port-au-Prince, but the troops he talked to insist they not coming to invade.
Meanwhile, aid agencies have warned that Haitians are dying needlessly amid "utter chaos" in the organisation of relief efforts. Time is running out for those trapped in the rubble, but survivors are still being freed.
The Australian broadcaster ABC says that US military aircraft have been given priority over planes carrying medical supplies.
Toothpaste, is especially prized in Port-au-Prince as it helps fend off the stench of decaying bodies, according to the FT.
Accounts differ sharply on the level of violence in Haiti. "Anything will do as a weapon: a hacksaw, a stick, and of course all the machetes and guns that you cannot see," reports the BBC's Matt Frei.
But the Guardian's Ed Pilkington says he has not witnessed any violence
And others say that talk of "anarchy" is overstated. Christian blogger Troy Livesay writes: "The reports of violence - we don't get those. Have not seen it. Have not experienced it. Nothing even remotely close. People are helping each other and are warm and kind and humble."
The latest analysis of satellite images by the UN shows the roads and bridges blocked by debris in Port-au-Prince and Carrefour.
An estimated 200,000 people are now thought to have died in the disaster, Haitian government official told the European Commission. AP reports that 70,000 bodies have been recovered and buried in mass graves.
CNN's Anderson Cooper has another muscular report on some chaotic scenes in Haiti.
Cooper is being hailed as a "hero" and praised for securing "stunning footage". But the tone of his reports and the focus on violence and looting has been criticised by some.
"You learned from us the damage media and journalists can cause by exaggerating rumours of violence and chaos," blogs Tracie Washington a lawyer with the Louisiana Justice Institute.
But she accuses Anderson of forgetting the lessons from hurricane Katrina.
The police appear to be encouraging vigilantism, according to AP.
"If you don't kill the criminals, they will all come back," a Haitian police officer shouts over a loudspeaker in the country's most notorious slum, Cité Soleil.
What do Haitians most need now? Solar-powered audio Bibles would not be high on the list. But a evangelical group from Albuquerque, in the US, has sent 600 of these "Proclaimers" to broadcast the Bible in Haitian Creole.
"There is an immediate need for another 3,000 Proclaimers. We want to equip short-term groups, disaster relief teams, church teams and other ministries with the word of God in a format the people can use," said Jon Wilke of Faith Comes By Hearing.
Wyclef Jean, the Haitian-born musician, has responded further to allegations that his Yele Haiti Foundation mismanaged donations, admitting the aid organisation "made mistakes".
Delays in getting aid to Haiti have prompted the European Union to consider setting up a humanitarian rapid reaction force to deal with disasters.
Speaking on a visit to London the EU's new president, Herman van Rompuy, said the delays had showed the need for a "rapid reaction force", AP reports.
An aid worker from the medical relief group Operation Blessing International describes a "tense" journey on the way to make shift hospital in a stadium in Port-au-Prince.
"We try keep moving because when we stop people surround the vehicles," he says.
Michele Wucker, executive director of US thinktank World Policy Institute, assesses the possible impact of the crisis on sometimes difficult relations between Haiti and its neighbour the Dominican republic.
The spread of disease has become a major concern in Haiti, Mark Tran reports.
My colleague Paddy Allen has produced a useful new interactive guide to Port-au-Prince and the continuing logistical barriers to the distribution of aid. Using a satellite image it shows the key sites in the city including field hospitals, World Food Programme sites and medical facilities.
Dozens of Haitian orphans are being flown to Pittsburgh today, according to CBS.
A Pat Robertson voodoo doll has gone on sale on eBay. All proceeds go to Haiti.
In case you missed it Robertson sparked widespread outrage when he suggested Haiti brought disaster on itself because of pact with the devil.
USAID has updated its factsheet on the relief operation including new details about the air drops. It also reports that 70 people have so been rescued from the rubble, by international urban search and rescue teams, which it says unprecedented at this stage of such operation.
Perhaps in response to the criticism of the relief effort it gives a detailed breakdown of work that is being done.
American troops are arriving in Port-au-Prince in even greater numbers.
A dozen US helicopters landed on the grounds of presidential palace and began dropping off soldiers troops in full combat gear, according to a Reuters photographer.
It appeared to be one of the biggest US military deployments so far, Reuters said.
Richard Morse, who has been regularly tweeting from Haiti since the earthquake struck, has been reflecting on the disorder in Port-au-Prince in a series of recent posts.
When ppl are hungry they don't realize that they're getting unruly. The bad apples then take advantage.
No sense of who is going 2 lead this next phase. There had better be some changes. Better figure out how 2 get food and water 2 ppl real qwik.
Is the aid really going 2 get 2 the people?. We're looking 4 live bodies.."Did you bring food?" Can u blame someone who's hungry 4 looting?
"Why is there no international team of medical personnel available for dispatch as swiftly as emissaries of the global media?" asks Jeremy Seabrook on Comment is Free.
The earthquake has been one of Oxfam's toughest every challenges.
Its country director, Yolette Etienne, said: "Many of my staff here have lost their homes, and some have had family losses. Two Oxfam members of staff were killed when the quake struck and I lost my own mother. But we are still here working. I told my staff that we have no choice, no other option but to work and to work harder since we have the privilege of still being here and we can help people to overcome their desperation."
(That's it from me, Haroon Siddique is about to take over).
The Guardian's Ed Pilkington has tweeted (see right hand side of this page) about a visit to an orphanage in Haiti:
no food water books. no toys. kids are scared of all the death
how can you make kids feel better i ask head of orphanage in Haiti. I cant she says
He adds that 10 children from the orphanage were flown to Utah yesterday, after Mormons came to their aid.
On the subject of the plight of orphans, the Dutch foreign ministry said today that a a charter plane heading to Haiti to pick up 109 children being adopted by Dutch families will likely reach Port-au-Prince tomorrow, AP reports.
The plane carrying aid and immigration officials as well as adoption workers is waiting in the Netherlands Antilles for the final short hop to Haiti.
There has been controversy over moves to adopt Haitian children, with some children's groups warning it could lead to "fraud, abuse and trafficking".
However, all but nine of the children the Dutch are collecting had already been assigned to a families before last week's earthquake.
The UN Security Council has unanimously agreed to increase the number of UN troops and police in Haiti by 3,500, more than a third, to 12,561. The temporary increase has a six-month mandate.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described it as "a clear signal that the world is with Haiti and thanked the council for its "swift action".
The debate over the extent of violence in Haiti continues to polarise opinions.
Dr Evan Lyon of Partners in Health, working at the General Hospital in Port-Au-Prince, told Democracy Now: "There are no security issues."
One thing that it is important for people to understand is misinformation and rumours and - at the bottom of the issue - racism have slowed the recovery efforts of this hospital
Lyon said there are 1,000 people in need of operations at the hospital but overblown reports of violence had hampered the delivery of aid and medical services.
There is a moving post by Mark Turner, a former Financial Times journalist, on his Dispatches from a Fragile Island blog:
The full extent of the losses to our community is finally hitting home, as hope disappears.
This morning we learned of the death of the wonderful, vivacious Alexandra Duguay, whose house we visited only a couple of weeks ago. Also at that house party was Andrew Wyllie and family. Andrew survived, but his family did not....
It's devastating. Everyone we met, every party we attended, everyone we had a meal with or invited over has either perished, or lost someone very close.
Kent Annan and John Engle, from Haiti Partners, a church-based educational charity in the country, reflect on what's happening on the streets in a video on their blog.
Christian Aid tweets:
Food rations per person for 15 days: 6kg rice, 0.9kg beans, 0.9kg sardines, 0.45kg veg oil, 0.075kg salt. fortnightly distributions
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