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Haiti: Lifesaving Aid Makes Its Way Through to Quake-Hit Jacmel by Ship
Date:1/18/2010

WARWICK, R. I., Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An urgent aid shipment containing 4,000 tents and more than 300 family survival kits has just docked at the Haitian coastal town of Jacmel.

Jacmel, 30 miles southwest of Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince, has been devastated by the recent earthquake with more than 350 people reported to have been killed and many more injured. Preliminary assessments estimate that 60 percent of buildings were damaged or destroyed.

An emergency response team from Plan International, a child-centered development organization, which has worked with Haitian communities for more than 35 years, is actively assessing the immediate needs of the population, many of whom are still camping out in the streets.

Plan International spokesperson Stuart Coles, who arrived in Jacmel after an arduous 12-hour journey from Port-au-Prince by road, said the race was on to get aid to those who were most in need.

"As Jacmel is on the coast, it is easier to get aid in than it is in Port-au-Prince. The quake has destroyed or damaged most buildings here, but mercifully the death count is lower than it is in the capital," he said.

"The equipment coming off the boat will make a real difference. There are tents, food, clean water and family packs. The packs contain such things as soap, towels, flashlights, batteries, cups, diapers, and toilet paper.

"It gets quite cold during the night here and many of the children are now developing coughs and respiratory problems," Coles added. He also said: "Diarrhea is also becoming much more common. These seem simple ailments but can quickly become very serious in these situations."

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