Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 151

Caritas aid reaching Haiti quake survivors

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 gennaio 2010

Caritas is providing first aid, tents and blankets to survivors of an earthquake that caused extensive destruction in Haiti. The emergency response team of Caritas Haiti is working around the clock to provide support to people in urgent need.  Caritas staff visited badly affected areas of the capital Port-au-Prince yesterday to assess immediate requirements. At least 60 tents were distributed to families in desperate need. First aid was provided to some of the survivors in clinics and hospitals. Caritas Haiti Head of Emergencies Joseph Jonidès Villarson said, “This is the worst disaster Haiti has experienced. Many people have been killed in Port-au-Prince. Their bodies are everywhere on the streets of the capital. People are still under the debris. The hospitals are overwhelmed with the dead and injured. The risk of disease is great.   Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said, “We are in solidarity with the people of Haiti. Caritas will be providing desperately needed aid.  Caritas and its church partners have extensive experience in Haiti delivering shelter, food, healthcare, and clean water through the communities in which we work.   Caritas Haiti and Caritas members working in the country have available warehouses, 200 medical centres, and a strong community network of volunteers that are being used to deliver aid. Caritas Internationalis is sending a team of international staff to support the national operations in areas including food, shelter, sanitation, communications and logistics.

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