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Haiti - Earthquake : The international community continues to mobilize
20/08/2021 11:52:30

Haiti - Earthquake : The international community continues to mobilize
United Kingdom :
On Thursday August 19, the British Government announced £ 1 million (± US $ 1.4 million) in initial support to Haiti.

The Wave-class Royal Navy ship "RFA" will also support the US contribution to the international humanitarian response by serving as a landing pad for US military helicopters engaged in relief operations.

In addition, following a request for international assistance from the Haitian Government, the United Kingdom will this week send a team of 4 medical experts from the United Kingdom, Italy and France specializing in emergency medicine, rehabilitation and logistics, as well as humanitarian health care. They will also assess the needs for medical assistance and identify additional support.

In addition to this, a British humanitarian expert will arrive in Haiti as part of a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination mission to help assess the damage and humanitarian needs resulting from the earthquake.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said "[...] I am proud that the UK can now play a role in the US effort to respond to the devastating earthquake in Haiti."

The United Kingdom will also support the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency which will support the Directorate of Civil Protection in Haiti for operations and coordination.

European Union :
In addition to the €3 million in humanitarian funding mobilized by the European Union (EU) to meet the most urgent needs in the aftermath of the earthquake, the EU is stepping up its aid. A team of 12 EU experts and two ERCC liaison officers travel to Haiti to provide support in coordinating incoming EU aid.

In addition, several EU Member States are joining aid operations by offering additional support such as:

A technical assistance and support team and shelter tents from Sweden;
1 water purification module from France;
1 wastewater treatment plant, medical equipment and medicines, 720 tarpaulins and 500 home cooking kits from Spain.

Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, said "The disaster that has struck Haiti requires a rapid and structured response to help those most affected. In addition to the funds released this week for immediate emergency aid, the deployment of EU-trained experts, medical equipment and other emergency items will bring additional aid to Haiti and help respond where it is most needed [...]"

American NGOs :
On Thursday August 19, 2021 two humanitarian aid planes Conquest Air and NSP Samaritan’s Purse landed at Toussaint Louverture International Airport. They were transporting materials on behalf of the NGOs "Aids Health Care Foundation" and "Samaritan's Purse" (PS). These included electrical equipment including 25 generators, bedding equipment, wheelchairs, telephones, medical supplies, medicines, hygiene kits and water purification devices.

U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) :
The US Coast Guard provided air transport for DART members to areas affected by the earthquake, as well as medical evacuation of seriously injured patients in the affected areas. To date, the US Coast Guard have carried out 100 sorties and carried out the medical evacuation of 202 people. They also transported 143 medical and search and rescue personnel, including members of the DART, and more than 3 tons of medical supplies to the area.

Recall that the DART includes 97 people including 65 people from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Service who are conducting search and rescue operations to locate survivors.

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