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Emergency supplies to be sent to Haiti

Published 08/10/2016 | 02:30

A girl lugs buckets of drinking water after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti Photo: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery
A girl lugs buckets of drinking water after the passing of Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti Photo: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

Ireland has ordered the airlift of emergency supplies to Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

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Housing Minister Simon Coveney said the suffering inflicted on the Haitian people was "beyond words", as the country was still struggling to rebuild from a major 2010 earthquake.

Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan and International Development Minister Joe McHugh sanctioned the airlift of supplies, which will include emergency shelters, mosquito nets and water tanks.

"This is another devastating blow to communities previously affected by the earthquake in 2010," Mr Flanagan said, adding that 350,000 Haitians require urgent humanitarian aid.

Mr Coveney paid tribute to Irish charities like Haven, which was founded by Leslie and Carmel Buckley in 2008.

"The loss of life has now extended to well over 300 people. These people have problems that make our problems look very small," the TD said at Haven's Cork fundraising lunch.

"Charities like Haven do extraordinary work in probably the poorest country in the world," Mr Coveney said.

Irish Independent

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