January 13, 2010 in Nation/World

International aid pledges for Haiti quake relief

Associated Press
 

A glance at some of the international aid pledges for victims of the earthquake in Haiti:

• The United Nations is releasing $10 million from its emergency funds.

• The United States is sending ships, helicopters, transport planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit.

• Canada is sending an immediate $5 million Canadian (US$4.8 million) to the Haitian government and has put transport planes, helicopters, a hospital ship and a disaster response team on standby.

• The Irish telecommunications company Digicel said it would donate $5 million to aid agencies and help repair the damaged phone network.

• The European Commission has approved euro3 million ($4.37 million), with more funds likely.

• Spain has pledged euro3 million ($4.37 million), and sent three planes with rescue teams and 100 tons of emergency relief equipment.

• The Netherlands has donated euro2 million ($2.91 million) and will send a 60-person search-and-rescue team.

• Germany gave euro1.5 million ($2.17 million) and sent an immediate response team. Another team with 20 rescue dogs is on standby.

• Denmark has donated 10 million kroner ($1.9 million).

• Italy is pledging euro1 million ($1.46 million).

• China will donate $1 million, according to Xinhua News Agency.

• Sweden has offered 6 million kronor ($850,000), along with tents, water purification equipment and medical aid.

• Venezuela has sent doctors, firefighters and rescue workers.

• Mexico will send doctors, search-and-rescue dogs and infrastructure damage experts.

• France is sending two planes with doctors, food and medical equipment.

• Britain has sent 64 firefighters with search-and-rescue dogs and 10 tons of equipment.

• Iceland is sending 37 search-and-rescue specialists.

• Taiwan is flying in 23 rescue personnel and 2 tons of aid and equipment.

• Israel is sending an elite army rescue unit, including engineers, rescue workers, doctors and medics.

• Cuba already had field hospitals on the ground when the quake struck.

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