Monday, January 18, 2010

Haiti Earthquake: Relief Update #6

Gail McGovern, American Red Cross National President and CEO, has made her way to Haiti and will be working alongside other leaders and some 400 Red Cross workers from 30 countries around the world.

The Red Cross is providing a wide range of help and support in the form of food, water, relief supplies, field hospitals, emotional support, sanitation facilities and family linking services for the Haiti earthquake survivors.
  • The Red Cross spent the weekend delivering more than 300,000 litres of clean drinking water to survivors gathering in three different communities Latrines have also been built in the same areas to help address sanitation issues.
  • Yesterday, the Red Cross set up two medical centers to triage and treat approximately 200 people per day. Three others will arrive over the next couple of days.
  • Over the weekend, three planes carrying Red Cross humanitarian assistance were expected in the region, delivering a field hospital and needed materials such as tarps, blankets, hygiene items, buckets, shelter supplies and kitchen sets. Another shipment of supplies for 20,000 families should arrive Monday on a cargo plane provided in partnership with FedEx.
  • In the days ahead, the Red Cross will begin to provide temporary shelters in Haiti. Kits, containing tarps, rope and tools, as well as tents and blankets, will be made available for an initial 20,000 families.
  • 22,000 people have been registered at Each of these registrations represents someone who is missing a loved one. 1,500 people have been re-connected through this service managed by the Red Cross.

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