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Aid agencies thank Australia's contribution in Haiti earthquake

07-12-2010 13:36 BJT

CANBERRA, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Six months after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, aid agencies on Monday have been thanking for Australia's aid on the tragedy.

The agencies were also urging the Haiti government to involve more local people in rebuilding their community, where more than 100,000 houses were completely destroyed and another 200,000 damaged.

More than 220,000 people were killed and 310,000 injured when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince on January 12.

Since then, aid agency Plan International Australia said it has overseen the immunization of 25,000 children.

"We received about 500,000 dollars (437,560 U.S. dollars) from the Australian public," Plan International Australia's spokesman David Cook told Australian Associated Press.

Another 400,000 dollars (350,048 U.S. dollars) were received from the Australian government for child protection work.

Rohan Kent, the organization's disaster management program manager, said a third of the overall funds had been spent on relief, with the rest to go on recovery.

"It's a long-term situation," he told Australian Associated Press.

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Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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