PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.N. official has been detailing the lawless and chaotic situation in Haiti's capital.
He says the global aid effort is just getting started, but many people have lost everything and are "slowly getting more angry and impatient."
The U.N. peacekeeping mission spokesman says one problem is that the Haitian national police have "simply vanished." He says that's leaving it up to U.N. forces to keep law and order in Haiti's devastated capital.
That's even as rescue efforts continue at the collapsed U.N. headquarters in Port-au-Prince. About 100 people are believed buried in the rubble.
Spokesman David Wimhurst also described having to grab on to furniture as Tuesday's quake "violently" shook the U.N. offices. He says he and more than a dozen other people managed to escape the wrecked building through his third-story window on a "rather rickety ladder."
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: Bodies fill the frontyard of the morgue in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010 two days after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.
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: In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, members of a Chinese emergency rescue team inspect the collapsed headquarters of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Desperately needed aid from around the world slowly made its way Thursday into the capital after Tuesday's magnitude-7.0 earthquake.