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Haiti receives about 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid from Mexico

Haiti receives about 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid from Mexico

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Port-au-Prince (Sputnik) – About 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid have arrived in Haiti from Mexico to help victims of the violent earthquake that shook the southern part of the country in mid-August.

“Today (Friday) the ship Babaloapan arrived in Port-au-Prince, with more than 2,000 tons of food, clothing, medical equipment and medicines,” the Mexican embassy in the Caribbean country confirmed on Twitter.

The ministry said in a statement that the Mexican Navy ship sailed from Veracruz a week ago with thousands of units of personal hygiene items, clothing, tents, medicines and medical supplies such as masks, as well as a container with a mobile hospital. things.

This is the third shipment donated to meet the needs of more than 650,000 people who need assistance after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people.

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The Director-General of the Haitian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sam Beausoleil, thanked the government for the emergency aid to the victims of the August 14 earthquake, and for the cooperation between the two countries.

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More than 12,200 people were injured as a result of the powerful earthquake, which destroyed or damaged about 130,000 homes and 266 educational centers, hospitals and places of worship.

UNICEF has warned that more than half a million children are at risk of contracting waterborne diseases, due to the lack of access to the resource in affected areas.

The government estimates that about 60,000 people were forced to move to precarious shelters, and that losses from the earthquake exceeded $1 billion.