10 days after quake, Israeli workers rescue buried survivor
Israeli rescuers pulled a 22-year-old man from the ruins of a three-story building on Friday, 10 days after the massive earthquake killed tens of thousands of people.
The man, who was not immediately identified, was rescued near the quake-ravaged presidential residence south of the capital, according to the Israel Defense Forces.
Maj. Zohar Moshe said American and French doctors asked for the Israeli team’s assistance after trying to rescue the trapped man themselves.
The rescuers “were able to release him whole and healthy” and take him to an IDF field hospital in stable condition for further treatment,” he said.
Rescuers continue efforts to find survivors who have defied the odds, including a 7-year-old boy and 11-year-old girl who were found Tuesday. Another 5-year-old boy, Monley, was pulled alive from rubble nearly eight days after the 7.0-magnitude quake had leveled much of Port-au-Prince.
More than 121 people have been pulled alive from the rubble, the United Nations said this week.
Fires are expected to flare up in the quake’s aftermath, from broken mains and other damage. A massive blaze consumed a textile factory in Port-au-Prince Friday night as U.N. workers tried to contain the flames and spare nearby buildings. The cause of the fire was not immediately known.
Meanwhile, aftershocks from the 7.0-magnitude quake have become a way of life for people here as they spend their days searching for food, water and shelter.
Haitians brace for each aftershock as they wait for supplies and sustenance to reach them.
More than $355 million in donations in the United States alone has been raised for the relief effort, but stacks of aid — baby formula, pain medication, antibiotics and other much-needed supplies — are sitting on the tarmac and in warehouses at the airport in Port-au-Prince, the capital.
What is reaching the hands of survivors is getting there at a snail’s pace.
“It’s a shame, because you would hope that everything could get out there within seconds,” Air Force Col. Ben McMullen told CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, at the airport. “But that kind of infrastructure just isn’t in place.”