US Marines headed to hurricane-ravaged Haiti with relief

161008-N-RL456-014 NORFOLK (Oct. 8, 2016) Marines attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) prepare to board the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima and the 24th MEU are preparing to provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Hunter S. Harwell/Released)

ABOARD THE USS IWO JIMA (AP) – A U.S. Navy warship is bringing hundreds of Marines and sailors, along with power generators, water purifiers and bulldozers, to bolster relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged Haiti.

Navy Capt. James Midkiff is commander of the USS Iwo Jima and he says the eight helicopters on the ship will start ferrying food and medical supplies for aid organizations upon arrival. That could be as early as Wednesday.

The Iwo Jima can also provide medical help in Haiti, where hundreds have died, the injured languish unattended in hospitals, doctors warn of a surge in cholera and anger is rising in remote communities still awaiting aid a week after the hurricane struck.

The Iwo Jima is carrying more than 1,100 sailors and 600 Marines.

161008-N-ZB097-175 NORFOLK (Oct. 8, 2016) Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) board the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima and the 24th MEU are preparing to provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jess E. Toner/Released)
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NORFOLK (Oct. 8, 2016) Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) board the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7). Iwo Jima and the 24th MEU are preparing to provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jess E. Toner/Released)

 

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