Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mexico to Send Supplies, Rescue Teams, and Doctors to Haiti

As reported in today's Wall Street Journal:


MEXICO CITY (Dow Jones)--Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Wednesday the country is sending rescue workers, doctors, food and other assistance to Haiti, which has been devastated by a massive earthquake.


In a statement made at the presidential residence, Calderon said three planes will leave Wednesday for the Caribbean nation, carrying from 15 to 20 tons of food.
 
A Mexican Navy hospital ship will also head for Haiti with medical personnel and more than 50 tons of food, and another hospital ship will leave for Haiti at the weekend, he said.

Tens of thousands of people are feared dead in Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, after a 7.0 magnitude quake struck near the capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday.

The disaster has prompted a massive international aid effort to the country.

Calderon called on Mexicans to contribute provisions for Haiti, including bottled water, medicine and food, at collection points set up in the country.

Mexico suffered thousands of deaths in a 1985 earthquake that caused widespread destruction in the capital Mexico City.

"The Haitian tragedy surpasses any that we have suffered," Calderon said.
-By Anthony Harrup, Dow Jones Newswires; (5255) 5980 5176, anthony.harrup@dowjones.com 

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