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Obama: US Stands in Solidarity With Haiti

VOA News 14 January 2010

U.S. President Barack Obama says the losses in Haiti are "nothing less than devastating."

At the White House Thursday, the president announced $100 million in new aid to support American relief efforts.

The president says the United States stands in solidarity with the people of Haiti, adding that the relief efforts under way are one of the largest in recent American history.

President Obama says the U.S. is deploying the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, and a naval hospital ship.

More than 2,000 Marines are traveling to the area to help with security needs, search and rescue and the delivery of humanitarian supplies.

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division are traveling from a military base in the southern U.S. state of North Carolina Thursday to begin preparing for the arrival of a larger force.

The State Department says it is aware of at least three possible American deaths, and says it is working to locate U.S. Embassy personnel and other U.S. citizens in Haiti. Americans trying to reach missing relatives in Haiti can call the State Department at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225.

U.S. citizens in Haiti can call the embassy's Consular Task Force: 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.



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