Nightly News   |  February 02, 2010

Aid distribution improving in Haiti

Government officials say tens of thousands of Haitians are getting paid to clean up debris, and large waterproof tent shelters are starting to replace sheets held up with sticks. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: We turn our focus now to Haiti . First off, an update tonight on the relief effort. Now three weeks after the earthquake, there are signs that the food distribution effort is slowing improving, but also new signs of desperation in the face of so much great need. As The New York Times puts it tonight, paper coupons that can be redeemed for 55 pounds of rice have become more valuable these days than money in Haiti . And counterfeiters are already printing up fake coupons.

TEXT: Damon Winter/The New York Times/Redux

WILLIAMS: Also a government official tells NBC News tonight, tens of thousands of people are now getting paid every day to clean up the huge piles of debris, and that organized tent cities with large waterproof tents are starting to take place of sheets held up with sticks across the countryside.