A special rescue team will be sent to earthquake-hit Haiti by the Slovak Interior Ministry in cooperation with the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday, January 20, Lucia Garajová of Interior Ministry announced, as reported by the SITA newswire. "The team will consist of 16 experienced rescue workers whose priority specialisation is disinfection and pulling bodies from rubble," Garajová told SITA.
Bratislava's College of Health Care and Social Work also sent two three-member medical teams with 400 kilograms of medicaments to the disaster-struck island on Tuesday.
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Caribbean island of Haiti on Tuesday, January 12. According to humanitarian workers operating in the area, the quake may have claimed tens of thousands of victims; in worst-case-scenarios the estimated death toll could amount to half a million. The Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, has been largely destroyed and is in chaos. Rescue efforts are being hindered by the lack of telecommunications networks, damaged infrastructure, and a lack of food, water and tools for pulling people from the rubble. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Jan 2010 at 14:00