Haiti emergency: More aid is on the way

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Bonn, 15th January 2010. It's four days since the devastating earthquake in Haiti and aid organisations are facing extreme challenges. The airport is overstretched, the port has been destroyed and the streets are partially blocked. However, in this race against time, member organisations of Aktion Deutschland Hilfe are bringing further aid, such as medicine, into the country by air and by land. Today, arche nova shipped two drinking water purification systems to Haiti, as clean drinking water is what is needed the most alongside food and medicine. In Port-au-Prince, a team of experts travelling with the systems will care for their correct operation. Likewise, CARE is preparing the distribution of two tonnes of drinking water sterilisation tablets in order to improve the drinking water supply. In addition, the victims of the earthquake are receiving ten tonnes of protein biscuits - that amounts to 60,000 meals.

"The member organisations are working under extreme pressure to distribute the aid that is arriving to the people in need of it. They are encountering desperate people who urgently need our help," says Manuela Roßbach, president of Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

The coordination of aid on location is the responsibility of the United Nations. The military have taken over control of the airport in Port-au-Prince. With the partner organisations of Aktion Deutschland Hilft, coordinated aid work is being carried out on the ground by aid organisations with many years of experience in crisis zones.