After a really difficult 72 hours, emergency assistance is beginning to get through to earthquake-ravaged Haiti, said the UK Disasters Emergency Committee. Aid distribution has begun but logistics are still very difficult, says the UN.
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) announced today (Friday 15 January 2010) that online donations to the Haiti earthquake appeal had hit £2 million in just 36 hours. The sums were raised before the first radio and television appeals.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has said that Anglican agencies worldwide will give concerted support to urgent relief efforts in Haiti following the huge earthquake there, and has urged people to pray and give in response.
Governmental and NGO aid coordinators are being frustrated in their efforts to assist victims of the huge Haiti earthquake by the country's lack of workable infrastructure - but say that redoubling the effort and contributions is the only response.
As the Pope said the Catholic church would respond and Catholic aid agency CAFOD pledged money to the relief effort this afternoon, it emerged that the Catholic archbishop of Port-au-Prince had been killed in the Haiti earthquake.
The Christian Aid office in Haiti has collapsed and three people have had to be rescued from the rubble, following the country's devastating earthquake. Communications to the country remain very difficult as the relief effort gets underway.
Christian Aid has launched a £1m emergency appeal (www.christianaid.org.uk/haiti-appeal) for victims of the Haiti earthquake. Thousands of people are already feared dead and many more are believed to be critically injured.
Action of Churches Together (ACT) member churches are already involved in responding to the Haiti disaster. World Council of Churches General Secretary, Olav Fykse Tveit, has expressed condolences and solidarity with the people there.
A major earthquake has hit Haiti, one of the poorest nations on earth. Thousands are feared dead, injured or displaced in and around the capital Port au Prince after the quake. Governments and aid agencies are pledging rapid assistance.