Canadian Red Cross official to head international team in Haiti relief mission

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Published on January 13, 2010

An injured child is tended to at the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010. The strongest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help and heavily damagin

Published on January 13, 2010

Collapsed floors are seen on a damaged multi-story building in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 after the largest earthquake ever recorded in Haiti. - Photo by The Associated Press

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A damaged building is seen after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area rocked Haiti on Tuesday. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles

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A man carries an injured child outside Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010. The strongest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help and heavily damaging the Nati

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People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area rocked Haiti on Tuesday. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10

Published on January 13, 2010

Buildings neighbouring the Hotel Villa Creole in Port-au-Prince, Haiti sit in rubble on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2010. The strongest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help and heavily damaging the Na

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People gather in the street after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

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People carry an injured person after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

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An injured person is seen after an earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Debris lays in the street after an earthquake along the Delmas road in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake, the largest ever recorded in the area, rocked Haiti on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Saintanise Ducas sheds tears as she talks about her relatives in Haiti in the "Little Haiti" section of Miami, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. On Tuesday, an earthquake shook Haiti, the largest ever recorded in the area. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Haiti's National Palace is seen damaged in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. A powerful earthquake struck the country on Tuesday. - Photo by The Associated Press

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Canadian troops offload U.S. humanitarian aid at the airport in Jacmel, Haiti Wednesday, January 20, 2010. - Photo by The Canadian Press

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Cracks from the Haiti earthquake run through the tiny village next to the mission where the US Navy and Marines are setting up relief efforts for earthquake victims on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 in Pandou, Haiti. - Photo by The Associated Press

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The arm of one of a person that was killed in Haiti's earthquake sits partially covered at a mass grave in Titanyen, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. Tens of thousands of victims of Haiti's massive earthquake are buried here, in several mass grave site

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Phara Thes, 21, holds her newborn baby Jims Silvera at the US 82nd Airborne Division's forward operating base in Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. International aid flowing into Haiti after last week's earthquake has been struggling with logi

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In this Jan. 19, 2010 photo provided by the American Red Cross, Eleanore Rose of the Canadian Red Cross holds six-month-old Sebastian Joseph at Hospital General in Haiti. Sebastian's mother was killed in the Jan. 12 earthquake. For the American Red Cr

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In this image provided by ACT Alliance, showing earthquake victim Ena Zizi as she takes a drink of water after being carried alive from the rubble of Haiti's devastating earthquake, Tuesday Jan. 19, 2010, one week after the city was reduced to ruins.

Ottawa -

A senior Canadian Red Cross official will head the humanitarian agency's international team being airlifted in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
Jean-Pierre Tachereau, who heads emergency response for the Canadian Red Cross, says the situation on the ground is still very sketchy because the power grid is mostly down and the agency is only getting bits and pieces of information.
He says the initial Red Cross team will include about 60 volunteers from 10 different countries.
Tachereau says teams from Europe, the United States and Canada are being mobilized with special equipment including portable water and sanitation treatment plants.
The team will likely have to fly into the nearby Dominican Republic and then drive across the border to the devastated country, which was rocked by a huge earthquake Tuesday evening.
The Canadian Red Cross has set an initial fundraising goal of $2 million and Tachereau says the public can get more information on donating at the agency's Web site.

https://www.paypaq.com/redcross/en/corporation/index.php?login=haiti&password=support

Organizations: Red Cross, Dominican Republic

Geographic location: Haiti, Ottawa, Europe United States Canada

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