Wednesday, January 20, 2010

American and Canadian troops lead aid efforts to Haiti

Port-au-Prince is in ruins after a 7.0 earthquake Tuesday, January 12, 2010.

Canadian troops in Haiti: More than 200. Eventual Canadian contingent: Some 2,000 soldiers on the ground, including 1,000 to arrive this week from Royal 22e Regiment, 200 members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team, and 500 on board two Navy vessels already en route. International military contributions: U.S. has ...more than 12,000 soldiers on the ground. UN peacekeeping force consists of 7,000 military peacekeepers and 2,100 international police...more expected.

Canadian aid: Medical supplies, logistics supplies, vehicles, communications equipment, basic food rations, water, three water purification systems. Other aid: UN food World Food Programme reaching about 60,000 people daily, but says it needs to reach 2 million per day.

Canadians missing: 849 / Canadians confirmed dead: 12 / Canadians located: 1,484 / Canadians believed to be in Haiti: more than 6,000 / Canadians evacuated: 947 in 11 flights to date / Total death toll in Haiti: The European Union, quoting Haitian officials, said roughly 200,000 people may have been killed / Number of homeless in Haiti: 84,000 (UN estimate).

Doctors Without Borders reports a plane carrying 12 tons of medical equipment, including drugs, surgical supplies, two dialysis machines and a mobile hospital, has been turned away five times from the Port-au-Prince airport since Sunday. "We can't look in the eyes of the victims because we don't have enough supplies to help them." This is why this group couldn't help the abandoned orphans CTV's Tom Clarke found.

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