Thursday, January 14, 2010

Germany offers €1 million in aid to Haiti

Germany has offered €1 million in emergency aid to help the victims of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday.

Another €500,000 will be provided for food, the ministry said. The funds will be made available to German non-governmental aid organisations to provide clean water, food and medical aid to victims of the quake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale when it struck on Tuesday afternoon.

A four-person investigative team from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) is already en route to assess the situation in and around the capital of Port-au-Prince, just 15 kilometres away from the earthquake’s epicentre.

Reports coming out of the area say that thousands of buildings collapsed and the has city descended into chaos. Experts have said there is no way to know how many were killed and injured in the disaster, though some estimates have ventured as high as 100,000 dead.

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