SOURCE: International Relief & Development

International Relief & Development

January 13, 2010 09:43 ET

International Relief & Development Sends Emergency Response Team to Haiti

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - International Relief & Development (IRD), a specialist in disaster response and emergency relief operations, has immediately mobilized an emergency response team to Haiti, responding to last night's 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas. IRD will focus on the provision of emergency commodities, such as water, sanitation kits, medicines, hygiene kits, and shelter materials. IRD has provided substantial emergency support to Haiti in the past.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti during this tragic time," said Dr. Arthur Keys, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRD. "IRD stands ready and equipped to provide assistance to those affected by this devastating disaster."

Tuesday's earthquake was the worst to hit Haiti in more than 200 years. An estimated 3 million people have been affected, and the loss of life is expected to be high.

Donations are needed to support the relief efforts in Haiti. The public can donate to these efforts and ongoing relief and development around the world at www.ird.org.

More information on IRD and its relief activities can be found at www.ird.org/what/programs/relief.html.

IRD is a non-profit humanitarian and development organization dedicated to improving the lives and livelihoods of the world's most vulnerable people. With the help of local groups and donors, IRD builds sustainable, community-based programs for health, agriculture, economic growth, infrastructure, and governance. IRD works in nearly 40 countries and specializes in conflict and post-conflict environments.

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