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    Haiti earthquake aftermath

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    Haiti: 300,000 homeless and 2 million without food


    The earthquake that decimated three days ago has left Port au Prince about 300,000 people homeless and without food two million, according to the UN, which makes an initial assessment of the enormous needs of a country in ruins.

    Given the amount of people who have lost everything, the World Food Program (WFP) estimates that nine million people in Haiti, one of the world's poorest countries, two million people need food aid next month urgent.

    "People can not cook, has no gas, no water and not necessarily where to eat," said WFP spokeswoman in Geneva, Emilia Casella.

    "We aim to make the food we have available. For now, we could do nothing more than a drop in the ocean," he laments.

    WFP's main warehouse in Port au Prince, containing 6,000 tons of food aid, was damaged by the quake, but not sacked as initially feared and the food are apparently intact, the spokeswoman said.

    WFP, which prepares customized delivery of food and food that does not need to be cooked, it needs, according to estimates, 100 million dollars for three months.

    "The needs are huge," acknowledges the chief information officer for the UN in Geneva, Corinne Momal-Vanian.

    "Initial estimates show that 10% of homes were destroyed in Port au Prince, which means that 300,000 people were left homeless," said the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) UN in a note.

    US550 million for Haiti

    The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon called on the international community $ 550 million in emergency aid to assist those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

    "Most of these funds are for emergency needs," he told a news conference, who also welcomed the "generosity" shown so far by the international community.

    In addition, advanced "personally go to Haiti very soon, both to show solidarity with the people of Haiti and UN staff to assess the situation for myself," Ban told reporters.

    Franklin  de Js. Torres

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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