US promises more aid to earthquake victims in Haiti

Acting Prime Minister of Haiti Ariel Henri speaks during a press conference at Port-au-Prince International Airport. Photo La Hora/AP/Joseph Odelyn.

On Thursday, the United States pledged another $32 million to help victims of the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti.

Samantha Power, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said the US government learned of the earthquake that struck the Caribbean nation in 2010 and confirmed that the agency is coordinating closely with the government of Prime Minister Ariel. Henry.

“This $32 million will provide additional shelter, increased medical care, food, water, and other urgent life-saving assistance,” Power said, with input and guidance from the Haitian government. Perhaps the most important lesson (for 2010) is that no development agency, military, or diplomatic body can import an ideal humanitarian response from afar. It takes local expertise and leadership to reach communities in need.”

The earthquake that struck the country on August 14 killed at least 2,200 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the southwestern Haiti peninsula. Bauer and Henry said providing emergency shelters was a top priority about two weeks after the earthquake.

For his part, Henry stressed that “the Haitian government faces many problems.” “We have political difficulties and we have economic problems, but despite all these problems, we are facing the challenges of the earthquake,” he added.

He dismissed the claim that the government was in disarray, and said his government was coordinating the aid response despite the turmoil caused by the July 7 assassination of President Jovenel Moss.

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