Government aid arrives in Haiti
Published 20/01/2010 | 16:49
The Government’s consignment of more than 80 tonnes of emergency humanitarian supplies has arrived in Haiti, Minister of State for Overseas Development Peter Power confirmed today.
The supplies of blankets, plastic sheeting for temporary shelter, water tanks, tents, mattresses and kitchen sets will be given to Concern and Goal for distribution to more than 8,000 families.
Commenting on the consignment, Minister Power said:
“This consignment, which is one of the largest ever directly supplied by the Government, arrived in the Dominican Republic last night. A convoy of 16 trucks is currently transporting the aid to Port-au-Prince. It will be distributed by our partners, Concern and Goal, to thousands of families who are so desperately in need of shelter and water."
"In addition to blankets, water and sanitation equipment, tents and kitchen sets, the consignment also includes generators which are crucial to the urgent relief effort."
"This consignment is in addition to the €2m in immediate financial support which the Government has committed to the United Nations and Irish aid agencies working in Haiti,” Minister Power said.
He also confirmed that three members of Ireland’s Rapid Response Corps have been deployed to Haiti to assist in the international emergency effort in the wake of this week’s devastating earthquake.
Donal McGrath, an ICT specialist from Dublin and John Jefferies, an ESB Network technician from Cork arrived in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic last night and will travel to Haiti to work with the World Food Programme.
Captain Tim O’Connor, a Defence Forces’ engineer from Cork who is a UN-trained disaster expert, has also been deployed as part of the small Irish Aid technical team assessing the immediate needs of the Haitian people.
Other members of the Rapid Response Corps are on standby and may be called upon over the coming days and weeks to fill essential positions.