Several countries already promising help to Haiti

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Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 5:33 AM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The U.S. and other countries are scrambling to help Haiti as its people stagger in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.

American disaster rescue teams are being deployed. President Barack Obama says the U.S. stands ready to help Haiti, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton promises full assistance -- civilian and military.

Venezuela says it's planning to send a military aircraft carrying canned foods, medicine, and drinking water. Venezuela also promises a team of 50 rescue workers.

Mexico, which is no stranger to strong earthquakes, says it will send doctors, search and rescue dogs, and infrastructure damage experts.

Haitian musician Wyclef Jean is urging fans on his Web site to donate to earthquake relief efforts.

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<<CUT …308 (01/12/10)>> 00:13 "the emergency response"

Sarah Fajardo (fuh-HAHR'-doh), Catholic Relief Services communications officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

Sarah Fajardo of Catholic Relief Services says some supplies that can be used for emergency relief are already in Haiti.

<<CUT …309 (01/12/10)>> 00:14 "about 5,000 families"

Sarah Fajardo (fuh-HAHR'-doh), Catholic Relief Services communications officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

Sarah Fajardo of Catholic Relief Services says there are non-food supplies available for immediate relief in Haiti.

<<CUT …310 (01/12/10)>> 00:11 "filled with debris"

Sarah Fajardo (fuh-HAHR'-doh), Catholic Relief Services communications officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

Sarah Fajardo of Catholic Relief Services says getting relief supplies to where they are needed will be a challenge.

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: ……RETRANSMISSION FOR IMPROVED QUALITY…… Collapsed floors are seen on a damaged multi-story building in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010 after the largest earthquake ever recorded in Haiti.

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: ……RETRANSMISSION FOR IMPROVED QUALITY…… This photo provided by Carel Pedre shows people running past rubble of a damaged building in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. The largest earthquake ever recorded in the area shook Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help.

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