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14 Jan 2010 description

A 35-man strong Icelandic International Search and Rescue Team has pulled the first two eartquake-victims alive out of the rubble of the Caribbean Market in Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The team was deployed by the Icelandic Foreign Ministry and was one of the first rescue teams to reach the devastated city Thursday, following Wednesday's earthquake.

Around 80 foreign nationals have been evacuated from Port-au-Prince with the plane chartered to delploy the search and rescue team. The evacuees are from the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom and France.

13 Jan 2010 description

The foreign minister of Iceland, Mr Ossur Skarphedinsson, has decided to deploy the Icelandic International Search and Rescue Team to Haiti to participate in rescue efforts after an earthquake hit south of Port-au-Prince yesterday. The team is a highly trained group of 37 search and rescue specialists. They will leave from Iceland at 10AM GMT today and are expected to arrive in Haiti around 4PM local time.