Haiti: Earthquakes

International Development written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Diane Abbott Diane Abbott Labour, Hackney North and Stoke Newington

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) personnel and (b) other resources his Department has in Haiti as part of the earthquake relief effort.

Photo of Michael Foster Michael Foster Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) currently has a seven member field assessment team in Haiti. In addition, four experts have been seconded to other organisations to assist with the relief effort. The stabilisation unit has also deployed two staff to Haiti, with two more expected to deploy this week and a further two standing by to provide additional support should the need arise.

DFID has funded four airlifts of relief supplies and provided funding to multilateral organisations and NGOs for a range of interventions including shelter, health, water and sanitation. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Largs Bay is presently on route to Haiti carrying further relief goods including corrugated iron sheeting, vehicles, port enabling equipment consisting of various forklifts and further relief items for the Red Cross and a number of NGOs.

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