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More UNICEF life-saving emergency supplies, experts arrive in Port-au-Prince

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NEW YORK, 16 January 2010 – Another plane loaded with UNICEF emergency relief supplies arrived in Port-au-Prince this morning, carrying urgently needed water and sanitation supplies. This is the second load of UNICEF water and sanitation materials to arrive in Haiti in the past 24 hours.

The shipment contained additional oral rehydration salts, water purification tablets and jerry cans. Two experts in water and sanitation were also on the flight.

Providing access to clean water and sanitation is essential in the immediate aftermath of disasters, to avoid a second wave of deaths caused by diarrheal diseases such as cholera and dysentery. Children are particularly susceptible to diarrheal diseases.

Two more UNICEF planeloads, loaded with some 70 metric tons of tents, tarpaulin, and medicines, are currently awaiting clearance to fly to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

UNICEF efforts to assist with life-saving and recovery operations in Haiti will focus on providing clean water and sanitation, therapeutic food for infants and small children, medical supplies and temporary shelter and protection.

Children make up some 50 per cent of the Haitian population.

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Haiti Earthquake 2010
On 12 January 2010 a 7.3 earthquake - the most powerful to hit Haiti in a 100 years - struck shortly before 5 p.m. and was centered about (15 kilometers) southwest of Port-au-Prince. The epicenter was in Carrefour and the affected area is the West Province. The quake was quickly followed by several strong aftershocks from 5.9 to 5.0 magnitude.

Many buildings have either sustained massive damage or collapsed altogether, including Haitian institutional sites and Government buildings, schools, hospitals and homes. Many UN and international organisations buildings have been affected including UNICEF.

Because of the severe damage, including to communications, there is no way to be certain of the actual numbers of people killed, wounded, trapped, missing or homeless. Initial assessments however suggest that at least one in 3 people in Haiti are affected by the disaster.

Almost half of Haiti’s population of around 9.5 million are children and infants.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher de Bono
UNICEF Media, New York
Tel + 1 212 303 7984, E-mail: cdebono@unicef.org

Patrick McCormick
UNICEF Media, New York
Tel + 1 212-326-7426,  E-mail: pmccormick@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

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