Aid arrives in Haiti as UN launches flash appeal

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Aid arrives in Haiti as UN launches flash appeal

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Aid for quake hit Haiti is beginning to arrive in the country as the international community responds to the dreadful plight of the Caribbean Island.

China has sent a team of rescue specialists with sniffer dogs as well as much needed relief supplies.

The French are using the nearby island of La Martinique as a delivery point for aid as the airport in Port-au-Prince struggles with the sheer number of aircraft coming in.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has launched a flash appeal for Haiti calling for close to 400 million euros in cash to help the victims.

John Holmes is the United Nations relief coordinator:

“ The basis of the appeal is that we are assuming that three million people are badly affected enough to need immediate aid and to need aid for a period of six months.”

Outside the UN in New York an evening vigil has been held in memory of the dead and injured.

The international organisation has not been untouched by the disaster with as many as 37 UN staff killed in Tuesday’s earthquake.