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USAID chief: Food aid still hasn't reached many Haitians

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's State Department correspondent Mary Beth Sheridan:

Three weeks after a powerful earthquake destroyed Haiti's capital, hundreds of thousands of desperate people still have not received food and shelter from an expanding international aid operation, U.S. officials said Tuesday.

Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, said the relief effort has escalated in recent days and will continue to do so. Emergency food aid has been provided to more than a million people in and around Port-au-Prince, but about 2 million people need such assistance, he said.

About 70,000 out of an estimated 240,000 to 300,000 families who lost their homes have received plastic sheeting or tents, he said.

"We are in an emergency relief situation, and we will continue to be in an emergency relief situation for many weeks to come," Shah told a news conference at the State Department.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 2, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
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