British Red Cross helps people affected by the Haiti earthquake
A group of British Red Cross experts in disaster response, health in emergency, telecommunications and logistics have arrived in Haiti to support the Haitian Red Cross in the wake of the largest earthquake to hit Haiti in 200 years.
The earthquake, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale hit the capital Port-au-Prince and other areas nearby on Tuesday 12 January. The earthquake was also felt in other countries in the region. The most affected area is Haiti’s West Province with a population of 2.2 million.
Red Cross volunteers in Haiti are currently assisting the injured and supporting hospitals who are struggling to cope with the numbers of casualties. The most urgent needs at this time are search and rescue, hospital care, emergency health, clean water, emergency shelter, logistics and telecommunications. The Red Cross has pre-positioned relief supplies for 3,000 families in Haiti with supplies for thousands more in the nearby regional warehouse. These emergency supplies consist of kitchen kits, shelter kits, personal hygiene kits, blankets, tarpaulins and containers for storing drinking water.
“The Red Cross continues to tackle immediate needs by providing food, water, blankets, cooking pots and tarpaulins to those affected, but is now looking ahead to providing safe water until damaged water supply systems are restored, preventing the spread of disease, and reconnecting families who have been separated.”
The Red Cross has launched an appeal and £200,000 has been released from its disaster fund to ensure money is immediately available for the disaster response.
To donate to the Red Cross appeal visit www.redcross.org.uk/haitiearthquake or call 08450 535 353. Cheques can be sent to British Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Appeal, PO Box 722, East Grinstead, RH19 9AR.
The British Red Cross is one of the charities benefiting from the Disasters Emergency Committee’s (DEC) East Asia Appeal currently raising money for Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam.
Due to the scale of the Red Cross operation in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, the British Red Cross has launched the Samoa Tsunami Appeal specifically to raise funds to help those affected in the region.