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Haiti Earthquake

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 gennaio 2010

Port-Au-Prince – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for US$279 million to feed 2 million people and provide logistical support for a 6-month Emergency Operation in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.   In the initial phase of the operation, WFP will provide one-week rations of ready-to-eat food to up to 2 million people who no longer have access to kitchens or cooking facilities; After the distribution of the ready-to-eat food rations, WFP will begin general distributions of basic food items such as rice, pulses and cooking oil to 2 million people; As soon as possible, WFP will move from general food distributions towards food for work activities that use food as an incentive for people to support reconstruction and rehabilitation  work in areas damaged by the earthquake; WFP began food distributions in and around the capital, Port au Prince, in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake.  Some 2900 people received high energy biscuits in Port au Prince         on Thursday, and distributions are being scaled up in the coming days; WFP has deployed expert logistics and telecommunications teams in support of the coordinated humanitarian response to this disaster; WFP has established a logistics hub in neighbouring Dominican Republic and has begun acquiring logistical assets – such as mobile warehouses, trucks, helicopters and a coastal vessel; WFP is considering establishing a network of up to 200 kitchens in Port au Prince, with each providing up to 500 meals a day; Food assistance will be directed at vulnerable families that have lost their homes, families living in temporary shelters, and child-headed households; So far, WFP has received more than US$55 million from donor governments, and more than US$5 million from private companies; Government donors include the United States, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Australia, Colombia, and the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund.

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Many feared dead after “direct hit” Haiti earthquake

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 gennaio 2010

Caritas will provide immediate help to survivors of a deadly earthquake in Haiti. Caritas Internationalis has assembled  an emergency relief team that is flying to Haiti to provide support to Caritas members already working in the country. A 7.0-magintude quake hit south of the Haitian capita Port-au-Prince yesterday causing massive damage  with many dead.  There has yet been any contact with Caritas Haiti. The Cathedral in Port-au-Prince is badly damaged.  Catholic Relief Services (a Caritas member in the USA) has been in communication with its staff in Haiti. Their office is still standing and staff present at the time of the quake are safe. CRS staff described the quake as “a major hit…a direct hit”  Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Director Alistair Dutton is leading the team. He said, “There is a strong Caritas presence in Haiti. We already know that Caritas staff will be providing support to survivors of the earthquake, such as food, shelter and comfort through churches and parish networks.  “A priority for Caritas will be to assess the damage and our local capacity to provide aid to survivors of the quake. Caritas runs over 200 hospitals and medical centres in Haiti. It is experienced and prepared to respond to humanitarian disasters there as a result of the frequent hurricanes.  “Communications with our staff of the ground is difficult, but we are piecing together a picture of desperate need. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Conflict, recent natural disasters, and poverty has left Haitians with a weak infrastructure. Working in that environment will be difficult.” Caritas is accepting donations for Haiti at http://www.caritas.org

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