Turkish Red Crescent To Aid Haitians Quake

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The Turkish Red Crescent has set up a crisis desk at its Disaster Operation Center to coordinate disaster relief efforts in Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on Tuesday.

Immediately after receiving news of the quake, a crisis desk was established at the Turkish Red Crescent Disaster Operation Center. Messages of condolence have been conveyed to Haitian officials and the Haitian Red Cross in coordination with the Presidential Disaster and Emergency Administration Presidency and the Foreign Ministry, and the Turkish Red Crescent has communicated that it is at the ready to provide assistance.

Turkish Red Crescent has sent two experts that include psychologists and disaster experts to make an assessment and provide urgent assistance in coordination with the Red Cross officials in the field.

The Turkish Red Crescent is continuing to follow developments in Haiti and that it is fully prepared to send humanitarian aid as soon as it is requested.

Worst Disaster of last 200 Years in Haiti

An earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale struck Haiti on Tuesday, inflicting severe devastation in the capital Port-au-Prince and Haiti's West Province. More than 20 aftershocks have been felt, wreaking more destruction. Government buildings have collapsed including the Presidential palace. Haitian National Red Cross headquarters - housing Federation offices and United Nations buildings have sustained damage.

Although we have no official information on the numbers of deaths, injured, homeless, and extent of damage, as many as three million people could potentially have been affected by this massive earthquake. This could mean massive population displacement. Because they have no shelters to go to, people are staying in the streets, next to their houses. The situation in the streets is very tense.