UK Politics

Labour Party: Haiti Earthquake

News   •   Jan 15, 2010 10:20 GMT

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Earlier this week, it was struck by an earthquake about 10 miles south-west of the capital Port-Au-Prince and is facing a major humanitarian crisis. 

Initial estimates are that some six million people live in the affected area, and one million people in the worst affected area.

The Labour Government has already sent vital equipment and trained UK experts to help in Haiti, where they are desperately needed. Today the Labour Government announced 10 million dollarsin funding to support humanitarian relief work in Haiti.

Labour’s International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander said:

“It is already clear that we are facing a major humanitarian crisis. Haiti needs help and it needs it now.

“The most pressing need is for international search and rescue teams – including firefighters from all over Britain - to get on with their work of saving lives.

“But at the same time there is an overwhelming requirement for food, water, sanitation, shelter and medicine among the people who have been made homeless.

“That is why the Department for International Development is providing money to help kickstart humanitarian relief in Haiti.”

You can find out how you can help the relief efforts in Haiti by visiting the Disasters Emergency Committee website at or call 0370 60 60 900