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Shallah Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:04 AM
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29. Just as when the US suffered from Katrina many other nations sprang into action to help

Latin American nations, many with experience of earthquakes and with UN peacekeepers in Haiti, scrambled to help.

Cuba, which felt the quake, sent 30 doctors to add to its medical staff already in Haiti. Brazil said it was sending 10 million dollars in immediate aid, while Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Guatamala and Chile also promised help.

Canada readied two warships, helicopters and planes with supplies, as well as a large relief and rescue force.

From the Asia-Pacific, Australia pledged nine million dollars. Taiwan, whose ambassador to Haiti was hurt in the quake, South Korea and New Zealand also offered aid.

In Europe, the European Commission released three million euros in emergency assistance, while Britain, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain all volunteered help. A plane carrying search and rescue teams left from Moscow and Russia pledged to send a field hospital.

Rescue teams and aid start pouring into Haiti

As the full impact of the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that destroyed much of the country became horribly clear, a 71-strong British team of rescue specialists with dogs and heavy equipment set off from Gatwick Airport, following a four man team which is due to arrive in Haiti today to assess the damage.


The few hospitals left standing were over-whelmed with desperate people arriving seriously wounded and severey traumatised. There were so many that most of the hospitals were unable to function.

some of the first emergency workers to arrive came from Iceland, which sent a 37-man strong Search and Rescue team. Te Iceland foreign ministry said in a statement that the plane rescue plane would leave with foreign nationals on board and that "authorities in the nited States, Sweden and Denmark have already accepted the offer" of Iceland's assistance in evacuating foreign nationals.


China pitched in with a pledge of $1 million, while the European Commission has approved $4.37 million. European Union member states Spain, The Netherlands and Germany promised millions more.

U.S., world rush rescue, relief workers to Haiti
Nations, international aid agencies, celebrities send supplies, urge support /

Sixty-five rubble-clearing specialists and six sniffer dogs left France on Wednesday, while Spain dispatched three planeloads of rescuers and 100 tons of tents, blankets and cooking kits. Israel was sending in an elite Army rescue unit of engineers and doctors.

A military reconnaissance team from Canada was arriving aboard a C-130 transport plane to assess the need for mosquito nets, basic household goods, tents and sanitation packages.

One of the first teams expected to arrive in Haiti was a 37-member search-and-rescue unit from Iceland, along with 10 tons of rescue equipment.

Restoring communications
The Irish telecommunications company Digicel said it would donate $5 million to aid agencies and help repair Haiti's damaged phone network.

Doctors Without Borders said it had treated hundreds in tents near where its Martissant health center was damaged. The injuries include broken bones and some severe burns from domestic gas containers that exploded in collapsed buildings. It said hundreds more Haitians were being treated in tents elsewhere.

Canada planned an initial donation of $4.8 million, with more aid to flow after reports to Ottawa by military reconnaissance team.
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