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UNICEF rushing supplies to quake-stricken Haiti

PRESS RELEASE

NEW YORK, 13 January 2010 – UNICEF is rushing life-saving supplies into the hardest-hit communities in Haiti.

UNICEF’s response, coordinated with other UN agencies and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent is aimed at the children and women, who are the most vulnerable in times of crisis. Children under 18 make up nearly 50 per cent of the 10 million population of Haiti.

In the town of Jacmel this evening 2,500 kitchen kits and 5,000 1 litre bags of water will be distributed to enable the local population to prepare the food supplies by the World Food Programme.

A cargo plane will land tomorrow containing US$ 500,000 (RM 1.76 million) of supplies to assist 10,000 people, including oral rehydration salts to combat deadly diarrhea episodes, water purifications tablets, tarpaulins and tents to provide temporary housing.

UNICEF has released a total of US$ 3.4 million (RM 11.97 million) toward the relief efforts from several emergency sources.

The agency says that more funding, basic medical and health supplies, family kits/shelter and water hygiene and sanitation supplies are urgently needed.

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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. Initial assessments suggest that at least one in 3 people in Haiti are affected by the disaster.

§ Haiti and her people

§ About the Earthquake

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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