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Dutch emergency aid on its way to Haiti.

dutchhaitiaid20082021The Netherlands offers emergency aid to Haiti. HNLMS Holland is on its way to the country that was hit by a severe earthquake on Saturday. The naval ship is loaded in CuraƧao with, among other things, food, water, and relief supplies. Also on board are an NH90 helicopter, fast craft, and a team of at least 22 additional military personnel. It concerns marines and engineers of the army.

The military has a number of dinghies at its disposal. This includes bringing civilian international medical personnel to the hardest-hit parts of Haiti. The military is mainly involved in the distribution of food, relief supplies, and medical supplies. They also map out damage so that it is clear what is needed to provide help there. The Netherlands works closely with the European Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the EU are financing the deployment of the naval vessel. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the humanitarian budget for this. The military emergency aid comes on top of the financial aid that the Netherlands has already made available to, among others, the Red Cross and UN organizations.

Dead and wounded

The death toll in Haiti has now risen to more than 2,100. It is estimated that around 10,000 were injured. More than 135,000 properties were damaged or destroyed. It concerns houses, hospitals, and schools. Healthcare and clean drinking water are scarce, which can lead to large-scale outbreaks of cholera.

75-strong crew

The Commander of the Navy in the Caribbean directs the military deployment of emergency aid. The patrol ship is in principle deployed for 2 weeks. Onboard the Holland, next to the emergency team, there is a crew of approximately 75 and a few Marechaussees. Holland has been in the Caribbean since May 2021, among others for drug control.

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