European nations are hard at work providing emergency assistance and aid efforts in Haiti. Britain, Sweden, Iceland and Portugal are all sending teams of rescue workers.
A French group is already operating in the devastated capital, Port-au-Prince. One of its members said: “We brought heavy digging and listening equipment, and listening equipment. We brought search dogs. We have doctors, nurses and medical equipment.”
The international teams are bringing experts from many areas – including transport and infrastructure. However, efforts are still concentrated on finding anyone alive still buried in the rubble.
“Many of the rescue workers have more than twenty years of experience… In our experience, we have been able to save people 10, 12, 14 days after the earthquake,” said one rescue worker.
Foreign nationals are being evacuated from Haiti by their governments. America, Canada and South Korea are some of the countries that have started repatriation. The British Foreign Office says it is working on getting any citizens who want to leave Haiti back to the UK.