Brazil to send aid to hurricane-hit Haiti

Brazil to send aid to hurricane-hit Haiti

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 14 (IANS) The Brazilian Defence Ministry said it will send 10 tonnes of donations to Haiti where Hurricane Matthew killed nearly 900 people and left tens of thousands homeless.

According to the ministry on Thursday, the donations will be sent on October 17, Xinhua news agency reported.

Brazil has had troops in Haiti since 2004, as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and has been leading the mission for the majority of its existence.

The donations comprise food, personal hygiene products, clothes, school supplies and other necessities.

The government began in April a campaign to gather donations to be sent to Haiti by the end of the year, but the delivery was brought forward given the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Haiti was the worst-hit by the passage of Hurricane Matthew, with hundreds of death.

In addition to the donations, Brazil has also sent 4,540 soldiers to the southern part of Haiti, which suffered the brunt of the damage.

Haiti has been battered repeatedly by natural disasters in recent years. Besides Matthew, the country faced a massive earthquake in 2010 which killed hundreds of thousands of people as well as prolonged periods of drought.

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