Looting is spreading to more areas of downtown Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of young men and boys have been climbing broken walls to break into shops and take whatever they can find. One sought-after item is toothpaste. People in the Haitian capital smear it under their noses to fend off the stench of decaying bodies.
In one location, youths fought over a stock of rum, using broken bottles, machetes and razors. Police fired shots into the air to break up the crowd. One man who held a broken wooden plank with nails, using it as a weapon to try to protect his bottle of rum, said he was drinking as much as he can. He said, "It gives courage."