Disease Could Become as Deadly as Quake

It's impossible to know how many people could still be trapped but alive beneath thousands of crumbled structures. But with the stifling heat, unsanitary conditions, bodies piling up, electricity outages and food and water in short supply, the fear now is that disease could become as deadly as the quake itself, reports CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts.

The Haitians are desperate for money and manpower.

"lt is a question of public health," said Felix Agustin, the Haitian Consul General to the United States. "We need, we need the help of the international community."

Relief groups already on the ground are having problems of their own. All three emergency facilities run by Doctors Without Borders were destroyed in the quake.

"The best we can offer them at the moment is first-aid care and stabilization," said Paul McPhun with Doctors Without Borders. "The reality of what we're seeing is severe traumas - head wounds, crushed limbs - severe problems that cannot be dealt with at the level of medical care we currently have available."

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And the Red Cross says they've already run out of medical supplies in Haiti. They are sending more but they don't know when they'll arrive.

Agencies from all over the world are pledging financial aid and heading into the region to do whatever they can in the rescue effort. From Spain: 100 tons of aid kits including tents, blankets and cooking materials. From France: 138 workers and 6 rescue dogs. From Britain: dozens of firefighters. From China: $1 million in aid. From the United States: hundreds of civilian aid workers.

The Fairfax County, Va. Search and Rescue Team, experts at rescuing victims from collapsed structures, joined the effort. They deployed this morning and arrived in Haiti late this afternoon. Their team also includes physicians and paramedics, engineers, dogs and their handlers. But they might all be astonished at what they find.

"There's no electricity, there's no water, food is in short supply and people are beginning to get desperate," said Liony Batista with Food for the Poor.

Haitians and hardship have had a long and bitter history here. Wednesday night, by all appearances, that relationship hit a new low.
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