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15 January 2010

Aid agencies are struggling to reach the up to three million of people affected by an earthquake that has devastated Haiti (..). Alejandro Lopez-Chicheri, senior spokesman for the World Food Programme for Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean, said that Haiti was "completely on the ground". "The roads, many of them are still to be opened, and on the ones that are open there are still people concentrated on the sides of the roads," he told Al Jazeera from Port-au-Prince.


14 January 2010

The UN is mobilizing its resources in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, sending its experts and supplies such as food to victims of the massive tremors in the Caribbean nation, UN officials said here Wednesday.(..)Josette Sheeran, who heads the UN WFP, said that the agency is already deploying its resources in Haiti and is airlifting an additional 86 metric tons of food -- enough for half a million emergency meals -- from its emergency hub in ElSalvador.


14 January 2010

A massive international air and sea lift of aid to earthquake-devastated Haiti was struggling last night to overcome ­obstacles in delivering rescue teams and emergency help to the more than 2 million people in need of immediate assistance.(..)Alejandro Lopez-Chicheri of the WFP, who arrived in Port-au-Prince yesterday, as the organisation began distributing food at hospitals, gave a devastating depiction of the aftermath. "It is very difficult," he told the Guardian yesterday. "Many people are sleeping outside. Many people are sleeping at the stadium and in the parks. They are afraid of secondary shocks.


13 January 2010

Los Angeles-based International relief agency Operation USA announced today that it will send medical aid to Haiti as part of the relief efforts following the two earthquakes that hit today.(..)According to the World Food Program more than half of the population lives on less than $1 per day and chronic malnutrition is widespread.


13 January 2010

A massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti. The extent of the devastation is still unclear but there are fears thousands of people may have died. (..)The Red Cross is dispatching a relief team from Geneva and the UN's World Food Programme is flying in two planes with emergency food aid.


13 January 2010

The United Nations is gearing up for a huge operation to help hundreds of thousands of victims of the powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday.(..)The Director of the WFP office in Geneva, Charles Vincent, says the first priority is to save lives. "To rescue people that are buried, that are trapped, etc.…followed very rapidly by a big problem of water, sanitation, epidemic-problems of diseases that might be bred in that kind of situation," Vincent said.


13 January 2010

The powerful earthquake that rocked Haiti "destroyed" much of Port-au-Prince, the country's first lady reported, as the widespread devastation in the country's teeming capital came into full view Wednesday as dawn broke.(..)The U.N. World Food Programme also planned to send a plane with 87 metric tons of high-energy biscuits, said spokeswoman Bettina Luescher in New York. That's enough to feed 30,000 people for a week.


13 January 2010

Thousands of people slept in the streets and parks of Haiti's capital Wednesday night with little hope of aid a day after an earthquake flattened the city.(..)"We will work with the Haitian government, with our humanitarian partners on the ground, and with governments across the world as part of a coordinated international rescue and recovery effort," Josette Sheeran, head of the U.N. WFP, said in a statement.


13 January 2010

Telecommunications experts trained in disaster relief operations left Dubai for Haiti last night, assigned with re-establishing power and communications. Two members of the UN WFP Fast IT and Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team (Fittest), Dane Novarlic and William Twyford, are expected to arrive in Haiti today with more than 400kg of equipment and more than a decade of disaster relief experience.


12 January 2010

A quake measuring 7.0 on the moment magnitude scale rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti Tuesday causing panic as it struck, officials and AFP witnesses said.(..)The WFP serves one meal a day to more than 500,000 Haitian schoolchildren, providing them with what is often their only meal of the day. The organization also feeds 100,000 women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and 50,000 children under the age of five.