In response to the earthquake in Haiti, the US is immediately dispatching a rescue team of 72 people and along with 48 tons of rescue equipment.

The decision was taken following an emergency meeting of top US official after it became clear that the impact of the earthquake has been devastating in Haiti.

“This is a tragic situation and we will work alongside the Haitian government to provide immediate assistance in the rescue effort,” said USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah.

“On behalf of the American people, I wish to convey our sympathy, thoughts and prayers to the people of Haiti who have been affected by this devastating earthquake,” Mr. Shah said.

USAID said it is dispatching a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and has activated its partners, the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team and the Los Angeles County Search and Rescue Team.

“The USAR teams will be composed of up to 72 personnel, 6 search and rescue canines and up to 48 tons of rescue equipment. The USAR team will be accompanied by USAID disaster experts who will assist with assessments of the situation,” the statement said.

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