Violence, looting on rise in post-quake Haiti

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 19:28:49 GMT

Looting on the rise over the quake rubbles in Haiti.
Looting and violence are growing in Port-au-Prince, the capital of the quake-hit Haiti, as international aid workers are striving to provide the survivors with basic supplies.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its statement on Monday described the situation in the Central American nation as “catastrophic,” six days after the devastating earthquake.

“Prices for food and transport have skyrocketed since last Tuesday and incidents of violence and looting are on the rise as the desperation grows,” the ICRC said in a statement, according to AFP.

“Access to shelter, sanitation, water, food and medical care remains extremely limited,” said Riccardo Conti, the head of the ICRC’s delegation to Haiti.

Other reports suggest that there are still people left alive under the huge piles of collapsed concrete in the Haitian capital as the rescue teams continue to pull out survivors.

Aid distribution has been difficult in the absence of any infrastructure, such as roads, ports and airports.

The quake’s official death toll has topped 70,000, while it is largely speculated that as many as 200,000 may have been killed.