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Despair, frustration linger but some progress in rescue and relief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - "Of all the wars and revolutions and hurricanes, this quake is the worst thing God has ever sent." Those are the words of a 71-year-old nursing home resident in Haiti's capital. Very little aid has been getting through anywhere and supplies of food, water and medicine have run out at the home, which is now surrounded by thousands of homeless from a nearby slum.

Aid distribution remains a struggle and the country's small, damaged airport remains a bottleneck. But there has been some progress as the Haitian government and international groups set up distribution points for supplies and medical care. Gunfire has been heard in parts of the capital, where police have been seen hurling tear gas canisters at crowds of suspected looters and some of whom have been beaten and shot.

 Meanwhile, the smell of burning flesh is filling the air of at least one street, where people have set bonfires to burn bodies authorities have been unable to remove. There's stil no accurate death toll from Tuesday's earthquake, but Haiti's prime minister says it could top 100,000.

The U.N. says rescue workers have saved more than 70 people and more could still be alive beneath the wreckage.

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