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Haiti Earthquake Update: Day Seven

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This is Day Seven of CBSNews.com's Haiti earthquake coverage. All times are Eastern Standard Time. For our previous coverage, see Day Six, Day Five, Day Four, Day Three and Day Two. And for a broader overview, see our section of full coverage.

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7:40 p.m. ET: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has answered widespread calls and implemented a temporary policy known as "humanitarian parole" – allowing orphaned children from Haiti to enter the United States temporarily on an individual basis to receive care.

The beneficiaries of the policy will be:

-Haitian children already in the process of being adopted by U.S. citizens (and already approved for intercountry adoption by the government of Haiti), and

-Those previously identified as eligible for intercountry adoption and have been matched to U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents.

DHS and the State Department will grant them entry to the U.S. on a case-by-case basis.

"We are committed to doing everything we can to help reunite families in Haiti during this very difficult time," Napolitano in a press release. "While we remain focused on family reunification in Haiti, authorizing the use of humanitarian parole for orphans who are eligible for adoption in the United States will allow them to receive the care they need here."

For more on the plight of Haitian orphans, see Manuel Gallegus's story from Sunday's "CBS Evening News" and Seth Doane's story this evening.

7:21 p.m. ET: As they have every night since the tragedy in Haiti began last week, CBS News' full team of correspondents has been delivering updates from on the ground in Port-au-Prince.

Seth Doane reported on an orphanage on the city's east side that collapsed in the quake. Fifty-six children died, but nearly 80 others survived and are living in the street under the care of a single woman who won't give up, even as the quake promises to bring many more orphans – sadly, new orphans – than she can handle.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton tells of the growing desperation at a makeshift clinic where Ashton is working. A 2-month-old baby has severe burns over 50 percent of her body. Amputees are at extreme risk for infection and those with damaged limbs – crushed in the rubble – for gangrene.

And Byron Pitts witnessed first-hand the restless anger boiling over as crowds demanding food and work clashed with U.N. peacekeepers.

6:15 p.m. ET: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates responded to questions about the state of security in Haiti and whether the US might take a greater security role while in flight to Delhi.

"The U.N. is in the lead here—we are in support of them and the Haitian government," Gates said. "We are getting more secure landing places for helicopters to drop off food. We still have the problem of ground transportation being a challenge. When you are dealing with a population of 2 million and doing it by helicopter, it's going to be a challenge."

Gates said that he has concerns about people turning to violence out of desperation, at least until ample food and water become available.

5:56 p.m. ET: Roughly 200,000 people may have been killed in the magnitude-7.0 quake, the European Union said, quoting Haitian officials who also said about 70,000 bodies have been recovered so far. With so many bodies rotting in the streets, Haitians are finding ways to overcome the stench and survive for another day. Toothpaste has become a hot commodity--Haitians wandering and living in the streets use it to dampen the smell of death by putting it under their noses.

5:40 p.m. ET: As of 4:00 pm ET, 602 Americans departed Port-au-Prince. A total of 3,325 Americans have been evacuated to date. There are 270 Americans inside the embassy and 400 outside,and another 500 Americans are at the airport. An additional 400 are at the landing zone waiting to board departing flights.

There are 23 confirmed American citizen fatalities, and 31 are presumed dead.

5:20 p.m. ET: Controlled chaos turned to confrontation near the airport in Port-au-Prince today, when UN peace keepers were ordered to clear the street filled with Haitian men seeking jobs.


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2:45 p.m. ET: CBS News State Department correspondent Charles Wolfson reports that the U.S. Embassy has processed immigrant visas for 24 orphan children so far, all of whom were at the end of their adoption process. They are now in the U.S. "We know of several hundred cases of Americans in the process of adopting Haitian children," said Deputy Asst. Secretary for consular affairs Michelle Bond. "We're looking at each case individually and working with DHS and the Haitian government."

For parents interested in more information they may contact askci@state.gov.

2:44 p.m. ET: The U.S. military is beginning air drops today. There is a plane in the air now to drop 14,000 MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and 14,000 quarts of water. This will go on for 3 to 4 days. Military has 600 bundles to drop from C-17. Each plane can drop 40 bundles per trip. Drops are from Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville. North Carolina. Planes will unload at 1,000 feet up in the air. The U.S. military has secured three sites for the drops.

2:30 p.m. ET: As of this morning, there have been 39 live extractions by search and rescue teams in Port-au-Prince, according to Tim Callaghan, Senior Advisor, Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART. In total, 71 people have been rescued,and 540 people are working on search and rescue teams. "It's getting closer to where go from rescue to recovery, but we are still in full rescue mode," Callaghan said.

The security situation in Haiti is stable, said Rear Admiral Mike Rogers, director of intelligence for the Joint Staff J2. "There is nothing inhibiting our missions," he said. "There is no sense of widespread panic." Some looting is going on, he noted, but teams on the ground are able to "execute the full range of operations."

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12:55 p.m. ET: President Bill Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, arrived at the Port-au-Prince airport in Haiti midday Monday. They shook hands with U.S. troops before heading into a building at the end of the runway housing commanders of the Joint Task Force-Haiti.

Clinton is the U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti, and he has joined former President George W. Bush in leading a campaign for donations to help the country, at clintonbushhaitifund.org.

12:43 p.m. ET: The USNS Grasp, a rescue and salvage vessel, has arrived at Port-au-Prince and is beginning coordinated joint diving operations with the U.S. Army's 544th Engineer Dive Team. They are assessing damage to the port's facilities, in order to reopen them for operations and facilitate the transit of relief supplies and personnel. They will identify obstacles underwater that are blocking the channels, to be followed by salvage operations deemed necessary to clear debris.

11:25 a.m. ET: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced that the Department's Maritime Administration (MARAD) is sending five ships to assist with relief efforts in Haiti. Gopher State, Petersburg, Huakai, Cornhusker State and Cape May are being prepared to sail to the Caribbean Ocean from different parts of the United States. All are owned or controlled by MARAD, and will be crewed by civilian U.S. merchant mariners.

11:25 a.m. ET: U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon recommends to the Security Council to add 1,500 police and 2,000 troops to the 9,000 U.N. troops and police in Haiti.

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11:25 a.m. ET: CBS News correspondent Peter King reports from Haiti that newly-arrived U.S. Marines are setting up at a compound in Port-au-Prince, and are attracting Haitians looking for work.

King said there are rumors circulating among people congregating outside the Marines' compound that there may be jobs available for them inside — cooking or cleaning, for example.

The people outside are also saying — and this may be a rumor as well — that the Marines will erect a hospital there.

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When asked what they have been living on since Tuesday's earthquake, one man said he's been surviving on sugar cane and water.

A woman said her family has had nothing but sugar cane, mangoes and water.

King also photographed some of the rubble while driving through the streets — collapsed buildings, crushed cars.

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At one site, a fire was burning at a pasta factory, where a rooster hunting for food sauntered through the rubble.

Notable are the packages of pasta that, for lack of water to cook, cannot be eaten.

11:20 a.m. EDT: State Department officials gave out the latest numbers on American citizens in Haiti:

The current count is 18 American fatalities, including 17 private American citizens and 1 U.S. official. Another 30 American citizens are reported dead but are NOT confirmed.

Evacuations include 157 inside the U.S.embassy and 525 outside the U.S. embassy. An estimated 100 Americans are at the airport awaiting evacuation, and 36 are at an alternative evacuation site. Two evacuation flights have taken off so far today, for a total of 44 evacuation flights and 2901 Americans evacuated to date.

Out of a total of 45,000-plus Americans in Haiti, 3,567 have been accounted for to date, according to the State Dept.


11:10 a.m. EDT: There's a plan in place for air drops in Haiti today. Military on the ground in Haiti will have more details on this but, "they've identified some drop zones," according to the 82nd Airborne public affairs office.

The equivalent of 36 C-17s is coming into Pope Air Force Base for re-routing to Haiti. "We're maxing every plane out on weight," a public affairs official said. Most of the cargo is vehicles and supplies, versus passengers. "It does us no good to send 3500 soldiers down there without humvees and other transportation," he added.

The 82nd Airborne currently has 950 boots on the ground, with another 130 from corps headquarters going today. Getting the rest of the brigade in is now a high priority, and should be in place in Haiti in the next 24 to 36 hours.

"The hose was turned on yesterday," a public affairs official said. "Now it's a fire hose."

8:28 a.m. EDT: The Obama administration released a statement Monday praising the work of U.S. search and rescue teams in Haiti, saying the teams had saved a record 10 lives on Sunday alone. In the statement, a note of praise from the State Department's aid agency, Tim Callaghan, of USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, said it was "an incredible accomplishment, but it is even more significant for these survivors and their families." The search and rescue crews come from Los Angeles County, Miami Dade, the City of Miami, and Fairfax County, Virginia. In all, the U.S. teams have rescued 35 people from the rubble, according to USAID.


8:20 a.m. EDT: A team of rescuers from Los Angeles spent hours Sunday night trying to reach a 10 year old girl trapped under a mound of concrete, listening as she tapped from within. Then the sound stopped. "We don't know what happened. We lost the tap," said Capt. Billy Monahan of the Los Angeles Fire Dept, leader of the rescue team. They had to call off the rescue attempt. Hours later, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella another chance came to save a life. An 18 year old woman was stuck under the ruins of a hotel, kept alive for days by neighbors passing food and water down into the rubble. They were able to pull her from the twisted building, her small 100 pound frame showing only cuts, scrapes and a broken arm. She may also have sustained internal injuries, but overall, her saviors were amazed at what good shape she was in. Click on the player at left to watch Cobiella's report.


8:13 a.m. EDT: The European Union has pledged over $575 million to help the needy in Haiti and help rebuild the country from the rubble of last week's earthquake. The European Union Commission said Monday it would contribute $474 million in emergency and long-term aid to Haiti. EU member states also poured $132 million in emergency aid alone. On top of such aid, the EU was moving toward sending 150 people as to be part of a police force to beef up security in the quake-hit Caribbean nation. (Source: AP)


5:30 a.m. EDT: Some 2,000 U.S. Marines were to arrive off Haiti's coast Monday, reinforcing 1,000 U.S. troops already on the ground. Former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, was expected to visit the country and meet with President Rene Preval. Also Monday, U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy said he planned to ask the Security Council to temporarily increase the U.N.'s force. There are currently about 7,000 U.N. military peacekeepers and 2,100 international police in Haiti.

5:25 a.m. EDT: The U.S. military responded Sunday to criticism from other Western nations and aid agencies who said poor coordination and a bias toward U.S. military flights among American commanders running Haiti's airport were leading to delays in aid distribution. "What we set up here would be similar to running a major airport ... without any communications, electricity or computers," Colonel Buck Elton, the U.S. commander at the airport in Port-au-Prince, told reporters by telephone, according to Al Jazeera. The airport lost its control tower during the quake, leaving U.S. personnel to try and coordinate the scores of daily relief flights from a radio uplink on the airport grounds, said Elton.

5:09 a.m. EDT: The United Kingdom said Monday it was tripling the amount of money it was giving to help quake victims in Haiti. International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander said it was "now clear that the international community is dealing with an almost unprecedented level of devastation." The U.K. will now send $32 million to Haiti, increasing its initial commitment of $10 million.

2:30 a.m. EDT: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged quake-battered Haitians Sunday to be patient as they wait for desperately needed aid and medical help. During an emotional visit to the Haiti peacekeeping mission's devastated headquarters, Ban said he recognized "that many people are frustrated and they are losing their patience." The U.N. World Food Program plans to start feeding 1 million people in two weeks and 2 million people in one month, the secretary-general said. WFP spokesman David Orr said the agency hoped to reach more than 60,000 Sunday. With an estimated 3 million to 3.5 million people in need of aid, Ban was asked whether it would be enough to avoid riots. "I sincerely hope and appeal to Haitian people to be more patient," he said. "We do not want to even imagine that kind of situation." (Source: AP)

From Sunday night:
The entire CBS News team delivered written and video updates of the devastation in Haiti Sunday. On the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric," Seth Doane reported on a family living on the street with a 14-month-old baby and the struggle to get needed aid, including clean drinking water.

Manuel Gallegus had the story of the growing number of Haitian orphans and the struggle of adoptive parents in the United States to get their adopted children out of the country before any more harm can come to them.

Randall Pinkston reported from Brooklyn, N.Y. on the powerful mourning and hope at Haitian-American church services in New York and Miami – and the solidarity expressed at Sunday worship around the world.

CBS News foreign affairs analyst Pamela Falk, based at the United Nations, wrote about the challenge ahead for U.S. policymakers both in assuring that aid is distributed fairly and without the taint of corruption, and in dealing with a potential flood of refugees.

And on "60 Minutes" Byron Pitts reported on the efforts of the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division – including a Haitian-American soldier – to help rescue, feed and protect the citizens of the earthquake decimated country.

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