Aftershock hits Haiti

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A powerful aftershock hit Haiti this morning eight days after a massive earthquake turned much of the nation's capital city to rubble. Anchor Marco Werman gets the latest from the BBC's Nick Davis, who's in Port au Prince.

MARCO WERMAN: I'm Marco Werman. This is the World. Haiti was rattled by a strong aftershock this morning. It was the strongest temblor yet since the earthquake that caused so much death and destruction in Haiti last week. Today's aftershock sent people scrambling into the streets of Port au Prince, and there are reports of some new damage in the city. But the focus in Haiti remains on speeding the flow of aid to survivors. The BBC's Nick Davis is in Port au Prince. Nick, you must have felt the aftershock. What was that like?

NICK DAVIS: Yeah, I did indeed. I mean, you've got to bear in mind that a lot of us here, a lot of journalists work on very little sleep. I was actually looking forward to a little lie-in, an extra hour in bed when sure enough just after six local time I felt the bed shaking. And when I basically got out of bed I felt a sensation which was just horrible, the ground moving beneath my feet. I quickly put a top on. Bad idea because clearly all the Haitians are just used to getting away from buildings as quick as possible. By the time I got into the courtyard the courtyard was just full of people running away from the walls just in case anything came down. That's what they're very used to. That's what people here are having to deal with. I went to one of these makeshift camps, which has been set up. And I spoke to a pregnant woman there and she said her children were crying and screaming because they were just reliving the moment just over a week ago when that magnitude 7 quake hit Port Au Prince.

WERMAN: And the center of this aftershock was in the town of Petit Goave. What reports are coming out of there?

DAVIS: So far, very little, but it seems as if there has been some damage. You've got to bear in mind that some of the houses, which were obviously shaken by the magnitude 7 quake have been very much weakened. They're structurally unsound. All it would take is just a smaller quake just to bring down some more damage to these already weakened houses.

WERMAN: And Nick, in the rest of the country a week after the earthquake people are still going hungry, cut off from the capital and its air and seaports. How bad is the food situation today?

DAVIS: The food situation is still pretty much the same as it was. I mean every time we've spoken I said that food really isn't getting through to the majority of people. But water, I do have to say that I have seen a difference in water. When you go out now on the street, you do see these water containers, these trucks carrying gallons upon gallons of water. As soon as they arrive in an area, people run from around and about with anything that they can fill up with. Slowly but surely at least water is getting out. The trucks are about and now delivering, and it really is, I mean, that's the fundamental one really, isn't it?

WERMAN: You know, Nick, many Haitians are still in need of medical care for their injuries. We're going to hear about that in a few minutes in the program. But today, a U.S. Navy hospital ship arrived there. How is that helping out?

DAVIS: The problem is that there are so many people and they are scattered all over the city. Not everybody has the transport belt to take them from point A to point B. Not everybody can be expecting to get on board a floating medical ship. The situation for people is very patchy. I went up to an area not far from here. Actually, it's in the grounds of the Prime Minister's home. It's basically been turned into a make shift camp. There were some Chilean doctors who were operating and working there. And they had plenty of supplies, plenty of equipment and had a nice trickle of patients coming through. You know, compare and contrast that to reports which we get and you have some hospitals 80 beds for 500 patients and more and more still coming in without the supplies they needs. You know, if any word could be used to describe the situation here, it is patchy.

WERMAN: Nick Davis with the BBC in Port au Prince. Thanks as always.

DAVIS: Take care. Speak to you soon.

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