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Work is under way for temporary port

Work is under way for temporary port
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration blamed a lack of space on the ground and an insufficient supply of fuel to refuel outbound planes.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration blamed a lack of space on the ground and an insufficient supply of fuel to refuel outbound planes.

Flights into the bottlenecked Port-au-Prince airport were temporarily halted Friday as international relief supplies and workers began trickling into earthquake-devastated Haiti.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration blamed a lack of space on the ground and an insufficient supply of fuel to refuel outbound planes. The airport had been opened Thursday to relief supplies.

The Haitian capital's seaport, heavily damaged by Tuesday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake, remained closed Friday, hampering the flow of relief supplies and heavy equipment.

Work is under way to set up a temporary port. The regular port's wharf and container crane collapsed into the water, the Coast Guard said.

International rescue teams continue their race against time to rescue thousands of victims believed trapped under earthquake debris. Adding to the complications were two 4.5-magnitude aftershocks Friday.

The first wave of U.S. troops arrived Thursday night to begin handling security and cargo operations at the Port-au-Prince airport.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said 9,000 to 10,000 American forces were expected to be on hand by Monday. About 5,000 would be ground forces and the rest would be on ships, he told a Pentagon news conference.

The aircraft carrier Carl Vinson arrived off Haiti early Friday with 19 helicopters aboard. Mullen said it would be used as a staging area for relief flights, purified water and supplies.

The White House said the U.S. reached an agreement with Cuba to allow American planes on medical-evacuation missions to pass through restricted Cuban airspace, reducing the flight time by 90 minutes to the United States from the U.S. naval station at Guantanamo Bay.

The White House said a large shipment of food would arrive Saturday and that U.S. military helicopters were being sent from the neighboring Dominican Republic with water, medical supplies, hardware and personnel.

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