EU to Lend Full Support for Haiti's Reconstruction
Members of the European Union have committed to extend full support for the long-term rebuilding of the damaged infrastructures in Haiti, says a ranking EU official in a statement.
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Catherine Ashton, European Commission Vice President and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, said that the EU is determined to help in the reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
In fact, the Development Ministers are scheduled to meet on Monday in Brussels to discuss the EU's contribution in short-term relief operations and the forthcoming massive rebuilding of Haiti's damaged infrastructures. Foremost in their agenda will be to drum up support for providing additional funding in the post-emergency and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
According to the EU, at least 4,000 physical structures were destroyed in Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, after it was struck by 7.0 magnitude earthquake on Jan uary 12, 2010. Of this number, 2,131 buildings were completely destroyed, while 2,205 structures were partially damaged. These resulted in the deaths of more than 50,000 people.
Meanwhile, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Director Dr. Rajiv Shah said in an interview with MSNBC today that there has been a tremendous amount of destructions that need immediate action for the reconstruction of Haiti.
USAID is closely coordinating with other relief and humanitarian agencies on the ground in Haiti to make sure that relief goods and other supplies go to the earthquake victims themselves.