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Haiti Relief Efforts Widen Amid Devastation

January 19, 2010
People Hugging

In Port Au Prince, Haiti the Turkish and American rescue teams hug each other after three-days of tireless joint effort to find and save 5 people under the debris. The chief of the Turkish team and a member of the South Florida search and rescue team.

International relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti continue to widen and are focusing on two main priorities: search and rescue of trapped victims and providing relief supplies to survivors, says Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Relief Efforts

As of January 16 U.S. urban search-and-rescue teams working with other international rescue teams had rescued 22 people trapped in collapsed buildings, according to USAID Disaster Assistance Response Teams. The United States has seven search-and-rescue teams in Haiti with 506 personnel, and the total number of international and U.S. search-and-rescue teams is 27 with 1,500 workers and 115 rescue dogs. By January 15 the U.S. teams had searched about 60 percent of the most-affected areas in Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas, according to USAID.  >> Full Text

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