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Haiti: Earthquakes

Volume 505: debated on Wednesday 10 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department’s four-person field assessment team deployed to Haiti has (a) returned and (b) produced its report. (316550)

The Department for International Development’s (DFID’s) original assessment team members returned to the UK on Sunday 7 February after a period of handover to new personnel who will continue to provide daily field reports on the developing humanitarian situation in Haiti. These daily situation reports are used to inform strategic choices and funding decisions and are published on the DFID website for members of the public to view. To date DFID has not produced a final report on Haiti. We expect our assessment team to continue reporting from Haiti for at least three months from the date of the earthquake on 12 January. Daily situation reports and further information on the earthquake in Haiti can be found at:

http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Media-Room/News-Stories/2010/Haiti-Earthquake/

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people the UK Fire and Rescue Service personnel saved in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake; and what assessment the UK Fire and Rescue Service has made of the effectiveness of search and rescue efforts in Haiti. (316551)

The UK fire and rescue team pulled three people from the rubble alive and helped others through treating the injured. They also assisted the United Nations co-ordinate the overall search and rescue effort.

The team was debriefed on its return and is looking closely at what lessons have been learned from the mission in Haiti that can be applied in future emergency responses.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) personnel and (b) other resources his Department has in Haiti as part of the earthquake relief effort. (316552)

The Department for International Development (DFID) currently has a seven member field assessment team in Haiti. In addition, four experts have been seconded to other organisations to assist with the relief effort. The stabilisation unit has also deployed two staff to Haiti, with two more expected to deploy this week and a further two standing by to provide additional support should the need arise.

DFID has funded four airlifts of relief supplies and provided funding to multilateral organisations and NGOs for a range of interventions including shelter, health, water and sanitation. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Ship Largs Bay is presently on route to Haiti carrying further relief goods including corrugated iron sheeting, vehicles, port enabling equipment consisting of various forklifts and further relief items for the Red Cross and a number of NGOs.