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Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) Leader Tim Callaghan provided an update on relief efforts in Haiti. Mr. Callaghan said:
"Our priorities continue to be in several areas. Urban search and rescue. Obviously that phase is winding down. We have been on the ground, as I’ve mentioned before, the first U.S. team arrived on January 13th, within 24 hours of the earthquake. We still have teams on the ground. We still have presence. We still currently today have teams at Montana and small teams throughout the city.
"Other priorities, and I think I’ve given these figures throughout the week. The latest figure I have is that overall rescues have been I believe 132 is the number, from all the search and rescue teams, and 45 by the United States search and rescue teams. So that effort has been heroic. Obviously that effort is winding down, but the U.S. still has teams on the ground. We’ll continue to do so for the next several days.
"Other priorities we have obviously are food. We are working very hard to work with the World Food Program. As I’ve mentioned previously, the U.S. government has donated $78 million to the World Food Program during this emergency.
"We continue to work closely with them to ensure that food is being distributed. There are, I believe, worked on right now plans for 15 distribution sites, and we’re working very closely with the World Food Program currently to get as much food out in the city as possible.
"Other areas that we’re looking at very closely, we continue to look at the health issue, water, and of course shelter. And as I’ve mentioned, all the work that we do is based on the needs identified by the government of Haiti. There are daily meetings that we attend, that the Prime Minister articulates the priorities that the government has. We work very closely with the United Nations and the different clusters. We obviously work very closely with our non-government organization and geopartners. We’re funding a series of grants to address the issues in the many sectors that I talked about –- shelter, health, water, food items, and so forth. I don’t have the exact figure, but we’re funding many proposals that are starting now that will address man of these issues.
"We continue to have a large presence. We continue to coordinate with the government and we’ll do so and work around the clock to provide support assistance to the many people here in Haiti in need."
Read Mr. Callaghan's full remarks here.