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Huge Casualties Feared in Haitian Quake, Aid Pours in

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Russia was ready to dispatch an Il-76 plane with a mobile hospital, food and medicines to help the victims, said a spokeswoman for the Emergency Situations Ministry on Wednesday.

She said 45 people, including 20 doctors, would leave for Haition Thursday.

Germany would donate 1 million euros (about US$1.45 million) in immediate aid for the victims, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Germany had called together a rescue team that would help in rescue work and provide relief to victims.

Italy was ready to do its part in the relief operations, ANSA news agency quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying on Wednesday.

An emergency cargo flight was to be sent to Haiti with food, medicines, tents and other supplies. On board the flight would also be a team from Italy's civil protection department tasked to make a first-hand evaluation of the immediate needs of the Haitian population.

France had also decided to dispatch civil security service and gendarmes to participate in rescue operations in Haiti, said its Foreign Ministry.

The Brazilian government announced on Wednesday that it would send two planes with 28 tons of food and water to Haiti.

Earlier in the day, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva announced a US$10-million aid to the country.

The European Commission on Wednesday provided 3 million euros (US$4.36 million) in initial aid to Haiti, and carried out an EU-coordinated response to the humanitarian crisis there.

An EU relief expert was expected to arrive in Port-au-Prince later Wednesday to conduct a preliminary assessment.

(Xinhua News Agency January 14, 2010)

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