Delyn MP David Hanson has today backed the emergency appeal by the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which brings together leading UK charities such as Save the Children, Oxfam and World Vision, to respond to the devastating earthquake which has struck Haiti.
They have also welcomed the announcement today by the UK government of an immediate $10 million [over £6 million] to aid the victims, as well as the urgent deployment of a search and rescue team comprised of UK firefighters.
David Hanson said:
“It is clear that we are facing a major humanitarian crisis. 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 – and I applaud their work.
“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 I welcome the announcement by Douglas Alexander today that the Department for International Development is providing $10 million to help kickstart humanitarian relief in Haiti.
“It is also at times like these that I am always so impressed by the generosity of people across Britain. You can make a donation by calling 0370 60 60 900 or visiting www.dec.org.uk”
Notes to editors:
- Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development has announced an immediate $10 million donation from the Department for International Development to support urgent humanitarian needs and relief work in response to the devastating earthquake.
- Around $1.6 million will go immediately to the appeal launched by the International Federation of the Red Cross. Other likely priorities for the remainder of the funds include water, sanitation, health, food and shelters. The UK contribution will be divided between a number of international agencies and appeals – dictated by an ongoing assessment of need on the ground.