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15 January 2010 :: 09:01:22 am 6969

Thai government approves US$20,000 aid to quake-shattered Haiti

DANANG, Vietnam, Jan 14 (TNA) - The Thai government approved US$20,000 in relief aid to quake-shattered Haiti as part of a massive international effort to alleviate the effects of the deadly earthquake that flattened much of Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince, according to Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Kasit Piromya.
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Mr Kasit, attending the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Da Nang, Viet Nam on Thursday and Friday, said that Thailand decided to initially donate US$20,000 for humanitarian assistance in Haiti.
He said that That officials were deciding on how to channel the aid to Haiti.

Tens of thousands of people were feared dead and many were believed to be still trapped alive under rubble after the quake of magnitude 7.0 earthquake which hit the capital on Tuesday.

Following the powerful earthquake that hit southern Haiti on Wednesday causing major loss of lif and tremendous damage to buildings and infrastructure in much of the country, the foreign ministry has been checking information about the whereabouts and well-being of Thai nationals affected by the catastrophe.

At the moment, Mr Kasit said, the Thai foreign ministry has been informed by relatives of Thai nationals working or living in Haiti that the four persons known to be there are safe.

None had asked for the assistance from the ministry to return to Thailand, he said.

At the same time, Mr Kasit said, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva sent a message of condolence to the president of Haiti. (TNA)

Reporter : Methawee   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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