Venezuela has sent 33 tons of water, non-perishable food, medicine, and other supplies to Haiti as the small Caribbean island struggles to recover from a series of four hurricanes. ReliefWeb indicates that the storms Faye, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike have caused 79 reported deaths and displaced 50,000 in Haiti.
President Chavez approved the emergency aid through Venezuela’s National Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Recovery. It arrived in two shipments last weekend. The government also indicated that it would send disaster recovery specialists to Haiti, as well as the “Simon Bolivar” brigade of the armed forces.
Venezuela holds international accords with many nations guaranteeing cooperation in the event of hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. Cuba also recently received emergency aid after Hurricaine Gustav, which was the strongest hurricane to hit that country in 50 years.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Venezuela supplied the U.S. with medicine and personnel, donated $2 million to survivors, and gave 1 million barrels of gasoline.