The U.S. military is trying to break through the logjam. The 82nd Airborne, which has 950 soldiers in Haiti, has orders from the Pentagon to get 3,500 deployed to the island by today to help Haitians to support the police in keeping order. Thousands of Marines are poised offshore on Navy ships, and helicopters are ferrying supplies to the island and taking patients to medical facilities offshore.
Despite the avalanche of supplies and emergency teams that have swarmed to Haiti, the inaibility to travel around the ruined roads and to communicate has made it difficult to get the aid to those who need it.
Tim Traynor told ABC News that he and a surgery/traumal team have set up a hospital facility ready to take care of 100 patients in Milot, 75 miles north of Port-au-Prince, but said he had received only four patients. He also said there is a helicopter landing zone adjacent to the facility.
"My surgeons are just sitting on their hands while people are dying," the frustrated Traynor said and appealed to the media to get word out to rescue officials that help was available.
A French official also sniped at the U.S. today after a French plane carrying a field hospital was turned away from the overcrowded airfield which is now being run by air traffic controllers from the U.S. Air Force. The plane was later allowed to land.
French Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet said he wants the United Nations to clarify the U.S. role in Haiti's emergency.
"This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti," Joyandet said.
With Port-au-Prince's port destroyed and the airport clogged, a six-hour journey along a dusty road to the Dominican Republic is the only way some relief organizations can get their supplies to those in need. As they drive in, the relief workers pass Haitians heading the other direction, seeking refuge or medical attention in the Dominican Republic.
In the Dominican border town of Jimani, there was a stream of seriously injured Haitians are unloaded from vans and pickup trucks. There, the hospital with 32 beds, is caring for more than 200 patients.
At least 70,000 bodies have been recovered from the rubble, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive told ABC News Sunday, but official and unofficial estimates of the final death toll have ranged up to 200,000.
In addition to bodies collected by the Haitian government, it is believed many were disposed of privately and thousands more remain uncollected.
The U.S. State Department said 18 Americans are known to be among the dead.
Aid continues to move slowly, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
"Significant amounts of emergency aid have arrived in quake-struck Port-au-Prince," the ICRC wrote in a statement Sunday. "The challenge now is to get it to survivors as quickly as possible. Further assessments confirm that the damage is widespread and immense. Very few neighborhoods have been spared, while local infrastructure and services have been wiped out."
Despite limited relief supplies flowing into the country, many Haitians still are living in the streets without access to food and water.
The smell of death hangs over Port-au-Prince.