BEIJING, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- China sent a 60-member
Chinese search and rescue team to quake-hit Haiti on Wednesday evening and the
Red Cross Society of China has decided to donate one million U.S. dollars of
emergency aid to the Caribbean country.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit
Haiti on Tuesday local time, collapsing a hospital and damaging government
buildings in its capital city of Port-au-Prince.
A female armed police official helps
fastening helmet of a female member of a Chinese rescue team before the
60-member team's departure for quake-hit Haiti, at the Capital
International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 13, 2010. The
team consist of search and rescue personnel, who have conducted many
rescue tasks of this kind in the past years, and three sniffer dogs.
Eight Chinese peace-keeping police were buried under
debris, according to a statement from the State Council.
China has no diplomatic ties with Haiti. Currently,
125 Chinese peace-keeping police are in Haiti.
Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao
have made directives demanding the rescue of those buried, protection of Chinese
nationals and provision of humanitarian assistance to Haiti, said the statement.
The team flying to Haiti consisted of search and
rescue personnel, doctors, and three sniffer dogs, Liu Xiangyang, deputy chief
of the National Earthquake Disaster Emergency Rescue Team, told Xinhua at the
Beijing Capital International Airport.
Members of a Chinese rescue team with
sniffer dogs are ready to board a plane leaving for quake-hit Haiti, at
the Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 13,
2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday local time,
collapsing a hospital and damaging government buildings in its capital
city of Port-au-Prince. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)
"Most of the members are experienced in rescue
operations," said Liu at a departure ceremony at the airport. The team also took
with them some food, equipment and medicine.
"Our equipment and personnel might be limited, but we
have confidence that we can complete our task successfully," said Hou Shike, a
doctor responsible for the medical group.
China has expressed its sympathy to Haiti regarding
the major earthquake earlier Wednesday.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in
a statement on Wednesday that the Red Cross Society of China had decided to
provide emergency aid to Haiti.
Members of a Chinese rescue team are
ready to depart for quake-hit Haiti, at the Capital International Airport
in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 13, 2010. (Xinhua/Xing
Chinese leaders were very concerned with the safety
of Chinese nationals including peacekeepers, compatriots from Hong Kong, Macao
and Taiwan and overseas Chinese, and has made arrangements for conducting rescue
operations as soon as possible, said Jiang.
"We believe that the Haitian people, under the
leadership of their government, will overcome difficulties and rebuild their
homes at an early date with the help of the international community," said
World Bank to provide additional
emergency aid to Haiti
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The World Bank said
Wednesday it will provide an additional 100 million U.S. dollars in emergency
grant funding to support recovery and reconstruction in Haiti in response to a
magnitude-7.0 earthquake that caused extensive damage and casualties in the
Caribbean nation on Tuesday.
"This is a shocking event and it is crucial that the
international community supports the Haitian people at this critical time," a
World Bank press release quoted bank group President Robert B. Zoellick as
saying. Full story
16 UN staffers confirmed dead in
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said
here Wednesday that 16 UN staffers were confirmed dead in Haiti in the wake of
Tuesday's devastating earthquake.
The 16 include 11 Brazilians, one Argentine, three Jordanian police officers,
and one Chadian officer, said Ban. Full story
"Scale of catastrophe in Haiti is very
high," says UN peacekeeping chief
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations
deals with humanitarian crises all the time but the devastating earthquake in
Haiti has stricken especially close to home, said the head of UN peacekeeping
forces Alain Le Roy here Wednesday.
With the number of fatalities among UN staff members
rising, LeRoy said the emotion is "extremely high." Full story
ECLAC calls on int'l community to aid
MEXICO CITY, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- The Economic Commission
for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on Wednesday called on the
international community to send urgent humanitarian aid to Haiti, which was hit
by a magnitude 7 earthquake.
In a statement issued on Wednesday in Mexico, ECLAC also
expressed its solidarity with the Haitian people, adding that the earthquake
left thousands of deaths and hundreds of missing people, including staff of the
United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah). Full story
Major quake rocks Haiti, many nations
ready with assistance
Scared people stand nearby a
collapsed building after the 7.0 magnitude earthquake
in Port-Au-Prince of Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.(Xinhua/AFP
MEXICO CITY, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- A major earthquake
rocked Haiti on Tuesday and "catastrophic" casualties were feared although no
official reports are currently available.
The magnitude-7.0 quake, the strongest ever recorded
in the area, collapsed a hospital in a hillside district of Port-au-Prince,
according to local media reports. Full story