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Haiti - Humanitarian : Update on international aid
18/08/2021 10:55:33

Haiti - Humanitarian : Update on international aid
European Union :
In light of the devastating effects of the massive earthquake that struck Haiti on 14 August, the EU is allocating €3 million in humanitarian funding. It will address the most urgent needs of the affected communities.

To ensure the fastest possible intervention, EU funds will be implemented by humanitarian partners already active in the emergency response and will support and strengthen their capacity to swiftly provide humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable Haitians. The funding will address the most immediate needs such as the provision of medical assistance to local overwhelmed hospitals, water, sanitation and hygiene services, shelter and protection services for the most affected and disadvantaged communities.

Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said "We stand ready to provide further assistance."

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has requested the unique capabilities of the Department of Defense (DoD) U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to support USAID’s response to the earthquake that struck southwestern Haiti on August 14, 2021.

U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) has established Joint Task Force-Haiti in support of the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which is leading the U.S. government’s response efforts.

SOUTHCOM is providing air transport to move USAID DART personnel and supplies to affected areas following the 7.2 magnitude quake, which severely damaged major roads and bridges, making ground transportation between Port au Prince and the affected areas challenging. SOUTHCOM is sending eight helicopters, including three UH-60 Black Hawks, three CH-47 Chinooks, and two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters. In addition, SOUTHCOM is providing aerial images to support damage assessments.

Additionally, the U.S. Coast Guard began transporting DART personnel to affected areas on August 16, 2021 to begin search and rescue operations by conducting on the ground assessments.

Japan :
Tuesday August 17, 2021, in response to the request of the government of Haiti, the government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) they are 60 tarpaulins plastic 30m x 30m, 1,200 sleeping mats and 750 jerry cans that arrived in Haiti from the Miami-based JICA depot on an emergency flight. Japan is also planning to ship additional blankets and mattresses in the coming days.

Spain :
Spain announces its aid to respond to the humanitarian emergency after the earthquake in Haiti: 30 tons of medical and emergency equipment; 250,000 euros to the Red Cross and Two drinking water stations.

Quebec :
Tuesday, August 17, 2021, Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie announced emergency financial assistance of $1.5 million to contribute to immediate efforts to provide basic aid: water, drugs and medical supplies. Financial support will then be made quickly available through a call for projects from the Ministry of International Relations. In addition, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, has announced that he is also making medical equipment available.

Samantha Power the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) informs that after a forced pause in operations following the passage of tropical storm "Grace", flights have resumed to the areas affected by the earthquake The team response from the US Agency for International Development is expanding search and rescue operations in Les Cayes

The United Nations Children's Fund, (UNICEF) is working in the disaster area and has already provided 6 medical consignments to 3 hospitals in Les Cayes sufficient to treat 30,000 victims for 3 months, including gloves, pain relievers, antibiotics and syringes.

UNICEF is also distributing tarpaulins for emergency shelters, latrines and showers; water tanks for the distribution of drinking water, hygiene kits which include tablets for the treatment of water, soap, menstrual hygiene equipment and jerry cans.

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