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Due to the serious situation in Haiti, result of the passage of hurricane "Matthew" through the country last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC), decided to donate USD$ 250,000 to the World Food Programme (WFP), for immediate purchase and distribution of food and other essential items to the affected regions. The donated resources are from the international humanitarian cooperation budget of the ABC.

The Brazilian contribution to the WFP will add to the Brazilian Air Force aircraft 767 emergency dispatch. The airplane left Brasilia today with 120 tents to support displaced families. With floor area of 25 square meters each, it is estimated that more than 700 people will be accommodated. The Ministry of National Integration will send two officials of the National Protection and Civil Defense Secretariat (SEDEC) and of the National Centre for Risk and Disaster Management (CENAD) to assist the delivery of the tents.

The military component of MINUSTAH, and in particular the Brazilian contingent, leads the efforts of immediate response and assistance to the victims, as well as support to the works of unblocking the road links between Port au Prince and the southern peninsula, the hardest hit by the hurricane. The Defense Ministry will send to Port au Prince, next Monday, October 17, an Air Force airplane with 10 tons of donations with essential items, with the support of the Haiti Solidarity Network and of the Military Ordinariate of Brazil.

The Brazilian Humanitarian response is the result of an integrated action between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of National Integration and the Ministry of Defense, and aims at mitigating the situation in Haiti, considered one of the most dramatic since the earthquake of 2010.

Early next week, the teams of the Federal Government will gather again to define new support actions, such as sending humanitarian and medical kits.

The Embassy of Brazil in Port au Prince keeps monitoring the situation.



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