Aid efforts transform tiny Haitian town into hub of relief activity

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JACMEL, Haiti - The tiny airport in the town of Jacmel is abuzz with activity as new points of entry are being opened to bring disaster relief to earthquake victims in Haiti.
Jacmel is being transformed from a little-known coastal town into a regional hub for the delivery of aid along the southern coast of Haiti.
The airstrip is small, making it a challenge for large planes to land. Still, a seemingly endless stream of aircraft was using the airport to bring in aid.
Even a Canadian military Hercules transport landed with personnel and equipment, although it was apparently not fully loaded in light of the undersized runway.
The military's Disaster Assistance Response Team has rented a field about 20 minutes' drive from the airport as the site for a permanent base of operations.
The plan is for DART to operate giant water-purification units to provide potable water in the town.
Jacmel is the birthplace of several of Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean's family members and the place she cites as the backdrop to most of her childhood memories of Haiti.

Geographic location: JACMEL, Haiti

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