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Indian PM announces $ 5 million relief assistance for Haiti

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 16, IRNA -- Expressing deep condolences over loss of lives and devastation in the Jan 12th earthquake, India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh announced relief assistance worth five million US dollars for Haiti.

In a letter to his Haitian counterpart, Jean-Max Bellerive, Dr Singh conveyed his condolences to the injured and family members of those who perished in the quake.

“India stands by the Government and people of Haiti in their hour of need. We would like to make an immediate cash donation of US $ 5 million as a token of our solidarity with the people of Haiti” said Manmohan Singh.

The Tuesday's earthquake has left 50 thousand to one lakh people dead, and rescuers are continuing an increasingly desperate search for survivors. In the capital Port-au-Prince, residents are still searching for survivors.

Despite the launch of a massive foreign aid operation, there is no sign of heavy lifting equipment among the ruins as tons of material and badly needed supplies clogged up the international airport.

The United Nations has said that an estimated Three Lakh people have been left homeless by the earthquake.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 899197



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