Us Hospital Ship Expected In Port Au Prince Today

01.20.10 | FL News Team

The Navy's USNS Comfort hospital ship is expected to arrive off the coast of Port-au-Prince today, bringing desperately needed medical supplies to earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The nearly 900-foot floating hospital will give doctors the chance to perform minor to more complicated surgeries. The World Health Organization has said that 13 hospitals are up and working in the Port-au-Prince area.

 More than 12-thousand U.S. troops are in Haiti as part of a multi-national U.N. security force to provide security for workers distributing relief aid. A U.N. official says that while security is stable in Port-au-Prince, sporadic looting and violence is occurring. To help speed up aid delivery and end looting, the U.N. Security Council will be sending an additional two-thousand troops and 15-hundred police officers. Troops are working to repair the sea port so much needed gasoline and supplies can get through.

 Haitian officials say 75-thousand bodies have been buried in mass graves, and that the death toll will certainly be between 100- and 200-hundred-thousand people.