The Norwegian government has sent an initial NOK 10 million in emergency aid to Haiti, after it was devastated by a hurricane late last week. Foreign Minister Børge Brende said he was especially concerned for the roughly half-million children who are suffering.
Brende cited the urgent needs within health care, food and water supplies and sanitation. Norway is also donating more aid to the UN’s emergency relief fund CERF, the UN children’s fund UNICEF, the Red Cross and the World Food Program that will be channeled to Haiti.
“It will also be important to provide sufficient resources for long-term reconstruction,” Brende stated in a press release, after Haiti “once again has experienced a natural catastrofe that struck blindly and hard. I feel for the many who have lost loved ones, and had their homes and belongings destroyed.”
On Wednesday, the situation in Haiti was described as desperate, with both hunger and a cholera outbreak further threatening survivors who lack both shelter and food.