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Oxfam Aware of Situation Following Large Earthquake in Haiti and Poised to Respond


Statement from Jane Cocking, humanitarian director of Oxfam on Haiti earthquake:

"At this stage it is too early to tell the severity of the
earthquake in Haiti, but the early signs are not good with
communications down across the country.

"Oxfam has its emergency response team for Latin America based in
Haiti so we are well prepared, with a public health, water and
sanitation team in Port-au-Prince ready to respond. We also have
emergency supplies in Panama that we are preparing to send in as soon
as possible."

Kristie van de Wetering, a former Oxfam employee still based in
Port-au-Prince described the situation as "very chaotic with houses in
rubbles everywhere. There is a blanket of dust rising from the valley
south of the capital. We can hear people calling for help from every
corner. The aftershocks are ongoing and making people very nervous."

Cocking said: "We hope to know more in the coming hours. Haiti is
the poorest country in the Western hemisphere where 85% of people
already live in poverty, given the desperate needs that people face on
a day to day basis, this earthquake is grim news for the poor people of


Please consider helping fund our Haiti Earthquake Response Fund. These Oxfam affiliates are running direct appeals:

Alternatively, you can also make a donation to the general emergency fund of your nearest national Oxfam affiliate. Your money will be used to fund our emergency work worldwide, which includes responding in countries such as Haiti.

Oxfam International is a global movement of people who are fighting inequality to end poverty and injustice. We are working across regions in about 70 countries, with thousands of partners, and allies, supporting communities to build better lives for themselves, grow resilience and protect lives and livelihoods also in times of crisis.