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Pilots Answer Children's Cries

In the mountains of Nicaragua children still suffer and shake but their cries are finally being answered with medicine. CBS News Correspondent Byron Pitts reports.

"He's been drinking bad water and it's creating a stomach problem," says a U.S. Army helicopter pilot of a dehydrated child.

Large shipments of food, water and medicine are now being delivered to small desolate villages where people haven't had a meal since hurricane Mitch hit eleven days ago.

"It breaks my heart we can't bring them more," says U.S. Army Sgt. Robert Pelfrey.

A four-man team U.S. army team makes deliveries all day, everyday, to Nicaraguan villages.

The U.S. army now has five blackhawk helicopters in Nicaragua. These vehicles are capable of carrying close to 6-thousand pounds of food and medicine to those isolated areas the trucks still can't reach.

"Everytime we've landed it's felt like Christmas," says one pilot.

In Nicaragua international goodwill and bitter, sometimes violent national politics, now share the same stage.

Many survivors are criticizing the government of President Arnaldo Aleman for doing too little too late.

Sandinista opposition leader Daniel Ortega already overturned one regime accused of stealing overseas aid money after a 1972 earthquake. This time Ortega is pounding the government for an inadequate response to this catastrophe.

In this country, where national disasters have shaped political events, this is an explosive situation what won't end soon.

And, in Nicaragua, one U.S. helicopter can only deliver so much in one day.

Reported By Byron Pitts