US military sends help to hurricane-battered Haiti

A man carries a woman across a river at Petit Goave where a bridge collapsed during the rains of the Hurricane Matthew, southwest of Port-au-Prince, October 5, 2016The US military said Wednesday it is sending helicopters, an aircraft carrier, troops and other equipment to Haiti to provide humanitarian assistance after the impoverished Caribbean nation was lashed by Hurricane Matthew. Nine Army and Marine Corps choppers were expected to arrive in Haiti on Thursday, and will conduct surveys to figure out which areas are hardest hit before delivering aid, the military’s head of its Southern Command, Admiral Kurt Tidd, told reporters. Between 150-200 US troops will be on the ground in Haiti, and operations in the country will be directed from a center at Port-au-Prince airport.

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