The US Navy’s Hospital ship – the USNS Comfort – is on its way to Port-au-Prince. It’s already seeing trauma patients airlifted to the ship from an aircraft carrier off the coast of Haiti. Situations like this are where hospital ships earn their keep.
In the past couple days there have been some incredible videos of miraculous rescues from the rubble in Haiti. People who have been trapped up to six days have been found alive. Consider this amazing video from CNN.
Moments ago, the Security Council unanimously passed resolution 1908, increasing the size and strength of MINUSTAH. The move clears the way for an additional 1,500 UN Police and 2,000 UN peacekeeping troops. Brazil is expected to contribute the bulk of the troops and the European Union will dispatch police units to Haiti.
The vote follows Ban Ki Moon's meeting with the Security Council in which he urged the members to boost MINUSTAH. From the UN News Center:
Royal Caribbean cruise ships continue to dock at Labadee on Haiti’s north coast. Some passengers are frightened and upset by this, and media outrage is already starting. Royal Caribbean, in response, says that the ships are bringing humanitarian aid and that Labadee is crucial to Haiti’s recovery.