Serious humanitarian disasters, such as this, can cause psychological trauma, not only for those affected, but also for the humanitarian workers who witness the events.
At the time of the earthquake, 30 Action Against Hunger staff members were inside the office. The first floor of the office collapsed with everyone inside Ė one was buried under the rubble, one is still be accounted for. Almost all national colleagues have lost their homes, and worse, loved ones.
This Saturday, water and sanitation experts from Action Against Hunger | ACF International started distributing drinking water to 35,000 quake survivors. The organisationís technical experts identified priority zones for water distributions: the Canape Vert district, where some 9,000 people have gathered, and the Champ de Mars district where between 20,000 and 25,000 displaced have congregated.
The humanitarian organisation will also distribute 45 tons of high-protein biscuits to 18,000 children under five years old
Less than 48 hours after a massive quake devastated parts of western Haiti, Action Against Hungerís teams already on the ground have fully mobilised to meet humanitarian needs. External emergency personnel from Action Against Hunger | ACF International have also arrived to reinforce relief efforts already taking place, assess needs, and set up programmes to assist disaster victims.
International humanitarian organisation Action Against Hunger | ACF International is putting in motion an emergency response to help the survivors of the devastating earthquake which struck Haiti yesterday. An emergency response team is on its way to reinforce the 100 ACF field workers already on the ground, and additional emergency supplies, including water and sanitation relief equipment and food supplies will be flown in later today.
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