An additional 3,500 United Nations police and soldiers were requested today to help keep the peace in earthquake-shattered Haiti as reports of looting have increased among the country's desperate survivors.
The request was made by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in a closed-door session with the U.N. Security Council to reinforce the 7,000 U.N. peacekeepers already in Haiti.
In addition, thousands of U.S. Marines and units of the 82nd Airborne Division were poised to help with relief operations as well as to keep order. Canada, France and Portugal are also sending in forces to provide security.
The rising concerns about keeping order are emerging as the European Union, quoting Haitian officials, said that 200,000 may have been killed in last Tuesday's quake. Haitian officials have said that at least 70,000 bodies have been buried. EU officials estimated that about 250,000 were injured and 1.5 million are homeless.
Among the dead are 24 Americans. Nearly 3,000 Americans have been evacuated from the country.
Trying to keep the donations streaming in to help Haiti, President Obama toured visited a Red Cross office in Washington, and former president Bill Clinton toured the devastated Haitian capital today. "I think we are getting there, I see it, " Clinton told reporters at a Port-au-Prince hospital he visited. "It is much better now than it was two days ago and day after tomorrow, it will be better again."
But "better" is not coming fast enough for many doctors. ABC's David Muir spoke to doctors in Port-au-Prince who said they had to scavenge for sterile saws to use in operations. One doctor told him his colleagues had to use the plastic end of a ballpoint pen as an instrument for a tracheotomy.
The hunt for survivors trapped in the tons of crushed cement continued as well as the search for bodies.
Among the glimmers of hope, an Israeli search team found a 6-year-old girl alive this afternoon and a rescue squad from Miami Dade County uncovered a 2-year-old girl named Carla from rubble in the Pouplard neighborhood of Port-au-Prince today, ABC's Kate Snow reported. Rescuer Donnie Hall was elated.
"When I was able to kneel down and see her through the little hole that we put in the wall, that image," Hall said, remembering the moment. "That and her mother's face when we gave back her daughter."
On Sunday night, Kate Snow watched as a 6-year-old boy named Nazer Erne emerged from underneath rubble, emaciated and dehydrated. Snow caught up with him today at a makeshift hospital outdoors, lying in the sun, flies swarming. While he hadn't had a bite to eat since Sunday night's rescue, he still appeared in good spirits, showing off his missing front tooth, and saying the firefighters he met the night before were "cool".
For the living, the price for the little food that is available is rising and looting is on the increase, with people battling with broken bottles, sticks, razors and machetes.
"People have lost everything. There is no cash and the black market is thriving," said Verlène, a 31-year-old administrative assistant quoted by the International Red Cross Committee. "In Delmas, where I live, there is looting. We are now barricading at night. Homeowners carry guns and use them."