Two young brothers rescued from Haiti quake rubble

Boys pulled out by US forces and brought to Israeli field hospital.

Hait rubble  (photo credit: AP)
Hait rubble
(photo credit: AP)

Twobrothers aged 10 and seven were rescued from the rubble in Port au-Prince onWednesday morning and brought to the Israeli field hospital in the Haitiancapital.

Theboys were pulled out of the rubble by US forces a week after a devastatingearthquake shook the area.

A 69-year-oldardent Roman Catholic who said she prayed constantly during her week under therubble was among the unlikely survivors of the epic Haitian earthquake.

Onefull week after the magnitude-7 quake killed an estimated 200,000, left 250,000injured and made 1.5 million homeless, search-and-rescue teams were emergingfrom the ruins with improbable success stories. Experts have said that withoutwater, buried quake victims were unlikely to survive beyond three days.

Elsewherein the capital, two women were pulled from a destroyed university building. Andnear midnight Tuesday, a smiling and singing 26-year-old Lozama Hotteline wascarried to safety from a collapsed store in the Petionville neighborhood by theFrench aid group Rescuers Without Borders.

Crewsat the cathedral compound site Tuesday managed to recover the body of thearchbishop, Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, who was killed in the Jan. 12 quake.

Authoritiessaid close to 100 people had been pulled from wrecked buildings byinternational search-and-rescue teams. Efforts continued, with dozens of teamssifting through Port-au-Prince's crumbled homes and buildings for signs of life.

Butthe good news was overshadowed by the frustrating fact that the world still can'tget enough food and water to the hungry and thirsty.

TheWorld Food Program said more than 250,000 ready-to-eat food rations had beendistributed in by Tuesday, reaching only a fraction of the 3 million people thought to be indesperate need. There have been anecdotal reports of starvation among the oldand infirm, but apparently no widespread starvation yet.

TheWFP said it needs to deliver 100 million ready-to-eat rations in the next 30days. Based on pledges from the , and , it has16 million in the pipeline.

Evenas US troops landed in Seahawk helicopters Tuesday on the manicured lawn of theruined ,the colossal efforts to help were proving inadequate because of the scale of the disaster and thelimitations of the world's governments. Expectations exceeded what money, willand military might have been able to achieve.

Sofar, international relief efforts have been unorganized, disjointed andinsufficient to satisfy the great need. Doctors Without Borders says a planecarrying urgently needed surgical equipment and drugs has been turned away fivetimes, even though the agency received advance authorization to land.

Astatement from Partners in Health, co-founded by the deputy UN envoy to ,Dr. Paul Farmer, said the group's medical director estimated 20,000 people aredying each day who could be saved by surgery. No details were provided on howthe figure was determined.