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Caritas responds to Haiti disaster

Caritas Australia has pledged $30,000 towards the $1.25 million appeal launched by Caritas Internationalis for the people of flood-ravaged Haiti.

More than 1000 people have been reported dead and 100,000 injured as a result of the recent "Hurricane Jeanne" landslide tragedy. Another 200,000 people are in desperate need of food, water and shelter.

Haitian President Boniface Alexandre described the tragedy as a "humanitarian disaster" and made an urgent appeal "for the solidarity of the international community".

The city of Gonaives is in a particular state of crisis, being entirely inundated by floods caused by the hurricane. Residents' homes have been severely damaged, some beyond repair.

"There's not one house in Gonaives that has not been affected", Prime Minister Gerard Latortue said.

Caritas' immediate help will go towards providing 2000 families across the country with food and non-food items including kitchen utensils, sleeping bags, tents, medicine, chlorine and clean drinking water.

An assessment team is also being sent to Haiti to give assistance and support to those already providing relief.

Caritas has an Australian number - 1800 024 413 - for those who with to contribute. It is also possible to donate online.

Caritas responds to Haiti disaster (Caritas Australia 1/10/04)

Caritas launches appeal to fund relief in flood-stricken Haiti (CathNews 24/9/04)
Caritas launches appeal to fund relief in flood-stricken Haiti (Catholic News Service 23/9/04)
Troops Guard Relief Operations in Flood-Hit Haiti (Reuters 23/9/04)
Caritas Responds to Haiti Hurricane Crisis (Caritas Internationalis 23/9/04)
Christian Aid warns of further devastation Haiti (Ekklesia 23/9/04)
Death toll mounts after Tropical Storm Jeanne causes floods in Haiti (Catholic News Service 21/9/04)
Caritas Australia

5 Oct 2004