International Aid Pledges for Haiti Relief

Workers of the Action Medeor collect parcels within emergency health kits in Toenisvorst, western Germany, on Wednasday Jan. 13,2010, to help the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. AP Photo

Sniffer dogs, high-energy biscuits and tons of emergency medical aid were heading to Haiti on Wednesday as governments and aid groups launched a massive relief effort for the estimated 3 million people reeling from a devastating earthquake.

Aid officials in the impoverished Caribbean nation worked to clear rubble from roads, build makeshift hospitals and remove bodies from the rubble despite transportation problems and broken phone lines.

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Here is a glance at some of the international aid pledges for victims of the earthquake in Haiti:

• The United Nations is releasing $10 million from its emergency funds.

• The United States is sending ships, helicopters, transport planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit.

• Canada is sending an immediate $5 million Canadian (US$4.8 million) to the Haitian government and has put transport planes, helicopters, a hospital ship and a disaster response team on standby.

• The Irish telecommunications company Digicel said it would donate $5 million to aid agencies and help repair the damaged phone network.

• The European Commission has approved euro3 million ($4.37 million), with more funds likely.

• Spain has pledged euro3 million ($4.37 million), and sent three planes with rescue teams and 100 tons of emergency relief equipment.

• The Netherlands has donated euro2 million ($2.91 million) and will send a 60-person search-and-rescue team.

• Germany gave euro1.5 million ($2.17 million) and sent an immediate response team. Another team with 20 rescue dogs is on standby.

• Denmark has donated 10 million kroner ($1.9 million).

• Italy is pledging euro1 million ($1.46 million).

• China will donate $1 million, according to Xinhua News Agency.

• Sweden has offered 6 million kronor ($850,000), along with tents, water purification equipment and medical aid.

• Venezuela has sent doctors, firefighters and rescue workers.

• Mexico will send doctors, search-and-rescue dogs and infrastructure damage experts.

• France is sending two planes with doctors, food and medical equipment.

• Britain has sent 64 firefighters with search-and-rescue dogs and 10 tons of equipment.

• Iceland is sending 37 search-and-rescue specialists.

• Taiwan is flying in 23 rescue personnel and 2 tons of aid and equipment.

• Israel is sending an elite army rescue unit, including engineers, rescue workers, doctors and medics.

• Cuba already had field hospitals on the ground when the quake struck.




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