Haiti earthquake: UNICEF set to reach children and families with humanitarian assistance

UNICEF set to reach children and families in Haiti with humanitarian assistance after a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti on Saturday morning.

“We are deeply saddened by the reports of casualties and heavy damage following the earthquake earlier today in Haiti,” Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Haiti said in a press release.

“UNICEF is working with Government and non-government partners to provide support to affected communities. We stand in solidarity with families and children during this difficult time.” added.

UNICEF has offices in the south with staff already on the ground making assessments in order to prioritize urgent needs and provide assistance to affected populations. Children and families may have been displaced as a result of the earthquake and could be in urgent need of shelter, clean water, medical care and protection.

While aftershocks may occur in the coming days, UNICEF will continue to work in areas affected by the earthquake. Despite security and logistical challenges, UNICEF expects to provide aid by utilizing contingency stocks prepositioned in warehouses throughout the country.