earthquake rescue

Swedish Aid to Haiti

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency says it has received a request from the United Nations to send help to Haiti, following the earthquake there. The quake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale, has devastated the country, and the capital Port-au-Prince, is said to be in ruins.

The agency’s press secretary Karin Wiklund says they are working full out. They hope to send a 10 member Swedish team who would work with IT support for the emergency mission, to aid communications with the UN and within Haiti.

Because of the long distance between Sweden and Haiti, she says, Sweden will probably not be taking part in any direct search and rescue work, which can be better handled by countries closer to the region.

The Swedish aid organisation The Star of Hope says it has several projects in the area worst hit by the earthquake, and it has been trying to contact its personnel there.

There are around 400 Swedish tourists in the neighboring Dominican Republic, which also felt the quake. Travel operator Fritidsresor says however that there has been no damage in the area where their travellers are staying.

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