The White House said earlier that a suspension imposed on Wednesday was being lifted because it has been assured that there is space for the patients at U.S. and foreign hospitals.
Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of the U.S. military's Southern Command, told reporters Thursday that Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort had reached its "care limit" after treating more than 3,000 people.
It's a scene that plays out every time it rains heavily in Southern California, where so-called swift water rescue teams have evolved to avert disaster in a desert landscape that can turn a trickle of water into a death trap in just minutes.
The nearly 900-foot floating hospital is expected to arrive near Port-au-Prince today. The Comfort left Baltimore on Saturday, carrying about 550 medical staff and about 60 civilian mariners.
Worries mounted, meanwhile, about food and water for the survivors. People have been almost fighting for water, aid worker Fevil Dubien said as he distributed water from a truck in a northern Port-au-Prince neighborhood.
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