UK trebles aid

LONDON - Britain said yesterday it would treble its humanitarian aid for Haiti to $30million (R220million) after the devastating earthquake last week that may have killed as many as 200000 people.

LONDON - Britain said yesterday it would treble its humanitarian aid for Haiti to $30million (R220million) after the devastating earthquake last week that may have killed as many as 200000 people.

"It is now clear that (we are) dealing with an almost unprecedented level of devastation," said UK international development secretary Douglas Alexander.

The aid will go towards further relief and recovery work, including food, shelter, basic sanitation and health services.

Up to last Thursday the US had pledged $100 million for immediate relief efforts, Germany $2,18million and Canada $4,8 million. Many other countries and organisations have pledged money or help in the form of rescue teams or medical aid.

Tens of thousands of hungry, thirsty and injured survivors are waiting for food, medical care and shelter after last Tuesday's earthquake left Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince in ruins.

Nearly a week into the catastrophe aid was only just starting to get to those in need. US troops are helping UN peacekeepers with the aid operation as well as trying to keep order on Haiti's increasingly lawless streets. - Reuters

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