Update: Hurricane Tomas Damage Fly-Over

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. military has begun flights over Haiti
to take a look at damage caused by Hurricane Tomas.

U.S. Southern Command spokesman Jose Ruiz says flights from the
USS Iwo Jima amphibious assault ship started on Saturday, one day
after arriving off Haiti.

The ship has eight Marine Corps helicopters and two Navy helicopters that can pinpoint where aid is needed and can deliver
relief supplies.

Ruiz said in a phone interview from Miami that the damage assessment flights were requested by Haiti's government, and that's
all that's been asked for so far.

The State Department has said it has enough blankets, plastic
sheeting, hygiene kits and other relief supplies in place throughout Haiti to help as many as 125,000 storm victims.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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