The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

U.S. airlifts aid to areas hardest hit by quake


JEREMIE, HAITI >> U.S. military aircraft are now ferrying food, tarps and other material into southern Haiti amid a shift in the internatio­nal relief effort to focus on helping people in the areas hardest hit by the recent earthquake to make it through hurricane season.

Aircraft flying out of the capital, Port-au-Prince, arrived throughout the day Saturday in the mostly rural, mountainou­s southern peninsula that was the epicenter of the Aug. 14 earthquake. In Jeremie, people waved and cheered as a Marine Corps unit from North Carolina descended in a tiltrotor Osprey with pallets of rice, tarps and other supplies.

Most of the supplies, however, were not destined for Jeremie. They were for distributi­on to remote mountain communitie­s where landslides destroyed homes and the small plots of the many subsistenc­e farmers in the area, said Patrick Tiné of Haiti Bible Mission, one of several groups coordinati­ng the delivery of aid.

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