Oxfam Responding To Earthquake In Haiti

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13th January 2010, 07:47pm - Views: 731

Oxfam is a leading international aid agency working with communities around the world for solutions to poverty and social injustice.


Wednesday January 13, 2010

Oxfam responding to earthquake in Haiti

International aid agency Oxfam is responding to today’s earthquake in Haiti.

Oxfam Australia’s Emergencies Manager, Richard Young said the full severity of the

earthquake in Haiti is still unclear, but the early signs are not good with communications

down across the country. 

“Oxfam has its emergency response team for Latin America based in Haiti so we are well

prepared, with a public health, water and sanitation team in Port au Prince ready to

respond. We also have emergency supplies in Panama that we are preparing to send in

as soon as possible,” Mr Young said.

Kristie van de Wetering, a former Oxfam employee still based in Port-au-Prince described

the situation as “very chaotic with houses in rubbles everywhere. There is a blanket of

dust rising from the valley south of the capital.  We can hear people calling for help from

every corner. The aftershocks are ongoing and making people very nervous”

Mr Young said Oxfam hopes to know more about the situation in the coming hours.

“Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere where 85% of people already live

in poverty, given the desperate needs that people face on a day to day basis, this

earthquake is grim news for the poor people of Haiti," Mr Young said.

For more information please contact: Kate Thwaites on +61 407 515 559 


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