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GENEROSITY OF BRITISH PUBLIC SEES pounds 25M COLLECTED FOR HAITI.

THE Disasters Emergency Committee last night said it had collected pounds 25m in less than two days from an appeal launched in Britain to help survivors of the Haiti earthquake. The appeal has helped Christian Aid to set up tent hospitals and buy food from local farmers to distribute to those in need.

The cash also allowed the Red Cross to distribute 700 tents and almost 7,000 tarpaulins.

And two of the charity's mobile health clinics are now working in some of the worst affected areas outside Port-au-Prince with capacity to help 30,000 people per day.

DEC chief executive Brendan Gormley said: "We have been staggered by the generosity of the UK public.

"As the full scale of the tragedy continues to unfold we rely on the generosity of donors."

UK charity ShelterBox said it plans to send a further 40 tonnes of emergency aid, including enough shelter for 7,000 people, to Haiti today. Mark Pearson, part of the charity's response team in Haiti, said: "These are desperate conditions, amputations are happening every half hour.

"There's an urgent need for tents at hospitals and this is our first priority."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 20, 2010
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